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PBA of NYS Reacts to Sentencing of Man Who Shot EnCon Police Officer James Davey Last November

Monday, June 05, 2017

For Immediate Release: 

June 5, 2017 

Editor’s Note: Alan Blanchard, 55, today was sentenced by Columbia County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols in the shooting of EnCon Officer James Davey last November. Davey survived and was in court for the sentencing, as were members of many other law-enforcement agencies.             

Blanchard, who was hunting illegally Nov. 29, 2016, and recklessly fired his shotgun after dark, injuring Officer Davey in the pelvic area, causing severe internal injuries and a substantial loss of blood. Blanchard received a sentence of six months in jail, with credit for time served. He was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution, serve five years’ probation and perform 100 hours of community service. Judge Nichols granted leniency primarily on the strength of Officer Davey’s powerful and empathetic victim impact statement.

The following statement is attributable to Jason DeAngelis, the Police Benevolent Association of New York State’s Environmental Conservation (EnCon) police officers director.

“From the time of the shooting last November, this case has stood as a vivid reminder of the dangers of police work and of policing in an environment where people are carrying firearms, such as hunting season. We cannot say enough about the strength of Officer James Davey, who continues his difficult recovery, and the professionalism of his partner that evening, Lt. Liza Bobseine, who no doubt saved Officer Davey’s life by applying constant pressure to the wound while communicating with a 9-1-1 dispatcher.

Our members have high praise for Officer Davey’s compassion and forgiveness in the wake of a tragedy that could have ended his life, and we are satisfied with the way the case was adjudicated.

We thank the leadership of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Police, Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols for their work leading to the resolution of this case.”

The PBA of New York State is the exclusive bargaining agent for the New York State University (SUNY) Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers. Our members police and protect New York State’s public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws and protect our lands and forests, and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.