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Burglary charge expected to be dropped in case of Saratoga County sheriff's official

Burglary charge expected to be dropped in case of Saratoga County sheriff's official

The complainant in the case against Brent Dupras requested dismissal

Charges have been adjourned and are expected to be dismissed against a Saratoga County Sheriff's Department sergeant arrested last summer in an alleged break-in and domestic dispute.

Brent Dupras, 41, was arrested in August after a woman called police to say an air conditioner had been removed from a second-floor window and Dupras has entered her Halfmoon home.

After the incident, the woman, Laurie Barrett, said Dupras had formerly lived with her in the home, but no longer did, according to police. She said that Dupras had been in the home earlier that evening, but she asked him to leave and he initially did, but he returned through the window at about 11:30 p.m.

Dupras was charged with second-degree burglary and Sheriff James Bowen said he suspended Dupras from all duties, without pay on Aug. 25.

Barrett appeared in Halfmoon Town Court on Tuesday night and told Justice Lester Wormuth that she would not testify against Dupras and that the incident had been a misunderstanding.

In a letter written last month to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III, Barrett asked that the charges be dismissed.

"I am writing to you to request that all charges against Brent Dupras be dismissed and that no further action be taken. I truly believe that I was mistaken in thinking that Brent was ever going to harm me in any way. I know he is extremely sorry for the occurrence and his poor lack of judgment. I want nothing more than for Brent to be reinstated in his job and for this matter to be resolved. I believe he has been punished enough," Barrett wrote in the letter distributed by Murphy this afternoon.

Representatives of the district attorney's office, including investigators and crime victims advocates, were unable to convince Barrett she should go forward with the prosecution of Dupras, Murphy said in a statement today.

"Domestic violence cases are one of the most difficult and frustrating cases to prosecute but a victim's lack of cooperation is not unusual," he said in the statement.

Saratoga County Sheriff James Bowen said Dupras will be reinstated in the department on Thursday.

"He was suspended on Aug. 25 without pay and he will be reinstated tomorrow, but he loses the five months of pay since his suspension," Bowen said. "He will be a sergeant as of tomorrow. I have nothing further to say in the matter."

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