Skidmore threat suspect sentenced Monday

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Updated: 7/08/2013 10:37 pm

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The man accused of threatening to kill a Skidmore College student was sentenced to time served and five years of probation. An eight year "stay away" Order of Protection was also issued in favor of the victim.

Lance C. Leonard, 49, of Cuttyhunk, Mass. pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Coercion in the First-Degree in May.

The victim in the case knew Leonard and had terminated a relationship with him, which authorities believe may have prompted the threats that led to a campus lockdown in March.

Shortly after, Leonard was located in New Jersey and arrested by the Atlantic City Police Department.  Police discovered  that he had not been in the Saratoga area while threatening the student, saying he would “shoot her and then kill himself.” He was then extradited from New Jersey to New York State.

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