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Schenectady man accused of assaulting deputies indicted

Schenectady man accused of assaulting deputies indicted

SCHENECTADY -- A Schenectady man accused of injuring two Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies while being arrested for allegedly assaulting his sister last month pleaded guilty Friday to two related assault charges. 

Donnell J. Bertrand, 27, of 6 Dagger Terrace, pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court to second-degree assault, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, District Attorney Karen Heggen said. He had also been indicted Thursday on an additional second-degree assault charge, misdemeanor charges of second-degree obstructing governmental administration and fourth-degree criminal mischief, as well as multiple harassment violations. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. 

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at around 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 20 on the Northway in Malta. Deputies said Bertrand shoved his sister into an embankment, causing her to hit her back on a guide rail. Bertrand then allegedly kicked and spit at arresting officers at the sheriff’s station in Milton, injuring two deputies, police said.

Bertrand is due to be sentenced April 14.

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