SARATOGA COUNTY — A former Saratoga County sheriff’s sergeant, who resigned after a video of him slapping a Saratoga Springs man went viral in 2014, was sentenced to jail time Thursday on a weapons possession charge.
Shawn R. Glans, 51, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced in Saratoga County Court to four months in jail, as well as five years of probation. He pleaded guilty in April to one count of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
Glans was arrested in August 2017 on felony and misdemeanor charges of weapon possession related to an incident on Aug. 8, 2017 in Northumberland, according to information from District Attorney Karen Heggen’s office.
Glans was accused of possessing several unauthorized rifles and an unauthorized handgun, deputies said.
He gained notoriety and had to resign from his position as a sergeant in the Sheriff’s Department after he was captured on camera profanely berating, threatening and slapping a 20-year-old man in the parking lot of a Halfmoon Walmart while on duty in November 2014.
Furor over the video, captured by a friend of the victim, led to Glans’ resignation just three days later. He had been with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department for nearly 20 years, rising to the rank of sergeant. He later resigned from a part-time job as a South Glens Falls police officer.
In March 2015, Glans pleaded guilty to official misconduct and harassment in Halfmoon Town Court, admitting he slapped Colin Fitch, 20, of Saratoga Springs, and ordered an illegal search of Fitch’s car during the 2014 incident. He was fined $1,505 and given a one-year conditional discharge.