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Monday, 10 June 2013 15:07

Former Police Officer Loses Appeal

By Staff Reports | News

HALFMOON—Former Albany Police Officer Robert Schunk's last appeal was denied by the Court of Appeals, and he now stands convicted of criminal mischief, misdemeanor, and second degree Harassment for a crime in Halfmoon after jury trial. Schunk must surrender to Saratoga County Jail to start serving his year sentence. 

Schunk was convicted for an incident in April of 2010 when went to a residence on Lookout Lane in Halfmoon and began arguing with a woman. He grabbed her by the arms and forced her against a wall and poured a beer over her head. The woman fled to the bathroom to take a shower to wash the beer off, locking the door behind her, but Schunk kicked in the door.

Following his conviction of almost a year to day ago, New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, denied the former Albany Police officer’s last chance for an appeal of his conviction.  

On March 12, 2012, a jury of six convicted Schunk after a four-day trial and found him guilty of the two charges after several hours of deliberation.  Schunk appealed to Saratoga County Court where Judge Jerry J. Scarano affirmed the jury's decision on April 11 of this year. Schunk then appealed to the Court of Appeals, which denied to hear his case. He did not have to start his jail time until his appeals were exhausted.  Since the court has now ruled, the Halfmoon Town Court will set a date for Schunk to surrender himself into the custody of the Saratoga County Sheriff.  

The Halfmoon Town Court sentenced Schunk to one year in the Saratoga County Jail on June 12.  

Schunk is no longer a police officer.


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