Saratoga County

Greenfield man convicted of attempted murder

Girlfriend was shot in the head
Stephen Lerario appears in Saratoga County Court for a bail hearing in this file photo.
Stephen Lerario appears in Saratoga County Court for a bail hearing in this file photo.

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GREENFIELD — A 43-year-old Greenfield man who authorities said shot his girlfriend with a shotgun at close range last April was convicted Friday of second-degree attempted murder in state Supreme Court in Saratoga County.

Stephen Lerario also was convicted of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. He also was convicted of a misdemeanor weapons possession count.

Lerario was a resident of the Grange Road Mobile Home Park when he was indicted on the charges last June.

On April 7, 2018, according to the office of District Attorney Karen A. Heggen, Lerario argued with his 33-year-old girlfriend.

The argument escalated, authorities said, and Lerario fired a 20-gauge, double-barrel shotgun at the woman. The victim was struck in the head and lost her right eye. She also suffered a brain injury and facial fractures.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo at that time said deputies had been called to Lerario’s home by neighbors who overheard the couple arguing.

When deputies arrived at the home, police said, no one was there. About the same time, deputies received a call from Saratoga Hospital alerting them that medical personnel were treating a woman with a gunshot wound to her head.

Initially, the woman was reported in critical condition.

Zurlo said Lerario drove the woman to the hospital and was there when deputies arrived, leading to his quick arrest.

The woman testified at the trial, and was praised by Heggen.

“She continues to engage in treatment for her physical injuries,” Heggen said in a statement. “Throughout this past year, she has demonstrated an inner strength regarding her physical recovery, as well as a witness as to the violent, intentional actions of Stephen Lerario. The jury’s guilty verdict today concludes a year of significant issues for the victim.”

Acting Supreme Court and New York State Court of Claims Judge Frank P. Milano presided over the eight-day trial.



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