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Schenectady man who allegedly escaped cops pleads guilty to drug charge

Schenectady man who allegedly escaped cops pleads guilty to drug charge

A man accused of slipping out of a pair of handcuffs and fleeing as officers tried to take him into

A man accused of slipping out of a pair of handcuffs and fleeing as officers tried to take him into custody after a traffic stop pleaded guilty to a related drug charge Monday.

Officials said Anthony J. Sindoni, 26, of Barrett Street, pleaded guilty in Schenectady County Court to one count of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. The charge relates to drugs found in his vehicle during the stop, prosecutor Michael DeMatteo of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s office said.

Sindoni is to receive three years in prison at his September sentencing, though he is eligible for a boot camp-like shock incarceration program that could reduce his time to six months, according to his attorney, Adam Parisi.

Sindoni pleaded guilty as his trial was set to begin.

The charges relate to a Nov. 3, 2012, traffic stop on Tenth Avenue in Schenectady. Police found marijuana in his car and handcuffed him, DeMatteo said. With an officer standing by as Sindoni sat outside the car, though, Sindoni apparently worked a hand out of the cuffs and took off into nearby woods.

Officers gave chase, but were unable not locate him. He wasn’t arrested until June 2013.

Inside Sindoni’s car, police also found a small handheld safe containing drugs. Those drugs were the basis for his felony plea, which also covered charges related to the alleged escape. Sindoni originally faced misdemeanor counts of escape and petty larceny, the larceny being for the handcuffs.

Parisi noted Sindoni only admitted in court to attempting to possess the drugs. He made no other admissions related to any of the other accusations, Parisi said.

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