Man charged in Halfmoon standoff turns down plea deal – New York News

BALLSTON SPA — The man accused of firing a shotgun at state troopers several times during a 20-hour standoff at Halfmoon trailer park this past spring rejected a plea deal Friday in Saratoga County Court.

County prosecutors offered 38-year-old Michael Davis 15 years in state prison if he pleaded guilty to felony charges of menacing a police officer, assault and criminal contempt.

The deal would have wiped away additional criminal contempt charges related to Davis’ alleged communication with his estranged wife while he was in county jail, processors said.  

It was his wife’s home that he is accused of bursting into around noon on April 16 while equipped with a shotgun and handheld propane torch, according to court documents. He then barricaded himself inside. 

By entering the Halfmoon Heights trailer where his wife and children were present, he violated a stay-away order of protection imposed after he allegedly punched his wife at the home on April 5.

Before the stand-off, Davis sent a text message to his wife saying he saw “one way out,” and that he was planning a “grand exit” in which she and the children would be OK, according to court documents. Davis surrendered nearly 24 hours after sending the messages to his wife.

The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office is continuing to prosecute the case. 

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