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Man who fled court finally sentenced

Man who fled court finally sentenced

A man who fled from court during a break in August will have a tougher time fleeing anywhere over th

A man who fled from court during a break in August will have a tougher time fleeing anywhere over the next 30 months.

Deandre Coleman, 22, of Van Vranken Avenue, pleaded guilty Friday morning to one count of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

The plea relates to charges that he possessed a loaded .22-caliber pistol on O’Dell Street on April 13. Another person was also charged.

In exchange for the plea, Coleman is to receive 21⁄2 years in state prison at his Nov. 24 sentencing. He will be in custody until then.

Coleman was out on bail in August when he fled from court after Judge Karen Drago indicated she would not accept a plea agreement. During a conference in chambers, Coleman left the courtroom and didn’t return.

That plea agreement called for a sentence of two years in state prison. Coleman’s attorney, Steve Signore, said Coleman’s flight cost him an extra six months.

Signore called Coleman’s flight a “knee-jerk” reaction when he realized his bail might be revoked. He had expected to stay out.

Coleman was rearrested days later. He also became the first person to be zapped by sheriff’s deputies using a Taser electric stun gun.

Friday morning’s plea was taken by Acting Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino.

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