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Man in shooting case faces prison

March 15, 2013
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A man who brought a rifle to a Gloversville apartment last May before it was used in what police said was the reckless shooting of a woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Fulton County Court.

Corey A. Wollard, 21, whose last address was Seabrook, N.H., when he was a fugitive from justice, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is scheduled to receive two to six years in state prison as part of a plea arrangement.

Wollard was one of several defendants involved in the May 17 shooting of Danielle Schonfarber at 174 Spring St. in Gloversville.

He lived on North Street at the time and had brought the weapon - a .223-caliber Olympic Arms semiautomatic rifle - to the residence.

Wollard was arrested Sept. 27 in New Hampshire.

Co-defendant Joseph R. Miller, 20, of Cummings Avenue, Johnstown, was indicted for allegedly shooting Schonfarber.

The indictment says he "did recklessly cause serious physical injury" to Schonfarber by "recklessly discharging" Wollard's rifle inside the Spring Street residence.

Several people were in the residence at the time. Wollard, Miller and other occupants had been drinking before the incident, police said.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said after the shooting, "It was the early morning hours. At the time, they were attempting to maneuver the gun to try to fix some sort of defect and it went off."

Schonfarber, who lived outside the city at the time, suffered serious injuries to her abdomen and hip. She was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital for emergency surgery after the incident and was released from the intensive-care unit in mid-May.

Gloversville police also charged Michael Perreault, 23, of 174 Spring St., where the incident occurred, with attempting to tamper with physical evidence, a misdemeanor. Officers found the weapon hidden behind a shed at the residence.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at johnstown@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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