Schenectady County

Scotia man admits to attack on jail guards

The Schenectady County Jail inmate accused of assaulting seven corrections officers, sending four to
Christopher Ingalls is taken to the Schenectady County jail after a hearing in County Court on Tuesday.
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Christopher Ingalls is taken to the Schenectady County jail after a hearing in County Court on Tuesday.

The Schenectady County jail inmate accused of assaulting seven corrections officers, sending four to the hospital, admitted to felony assault Tuesday.

In return for his plea, Christopher N. Ingalls, 22, of Scotia, received six months in jail and five years probation. He was released because of time already served.

Prosecutors said the deal reflected results of a mental health evaluation that could have been used to argue he was not responsible by mental disease or defect, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said.

Ingalls pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault, a felony. He’ll have that hanging over him, as well as probation, Carney said, a option preferable to the mental health system.

“It is a tough case for us, and I understand very well what the corrections officers went through was horrible,” Carney said, “but, by all accounts, he’s somebody [who] when he’s medicated, he’s not acting that way. He’s not doing it because of some sort of criminal motivation.”

Ingalls was arrested Sept. 6, charged with menacing in Scotia. It was while he was being booked at the Schenectady County jail that the main incident happened, officials have said. Ingalls was accused of assaulting six corrections officers and one deputy.

Deputy Eric Fluty was struck from behind by Ingalls, officials said, as he was preparing to fingerprint him and suffered an injury to his ear that required 17 sutures by a plastic surgeon.

Sgt. Christopher Booth suffered a dislocated shoulder, and Officer Mario Montesano Jr. had hip and shoulder injuries. Also injured were corrections officers John Kent, Ernest Reaulo Jr., Joshua Sabatini and Brian Kent.

Asked about the plea today, Sheriff Harry Buffardi called it a good outcome.

“Now he’s got a felony conviction, and (probation) will give him supervision in the community,” Buffardi said.

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