Massachusetts man gets probation for threat
BALLSTON SPA A Massachusetts man who threatened a Skidmore College student was sentenced Monday to probation and to enter an inpatient mental health facility.
Lance Leonard, 49, of Cuttyhunk, Mass., was sentenced in Saratoga County Court to time he already served in jail, five years’ probation and psychiatric treatment. He also must stay away from the victim for eight years.
Leonard spent three months in jail following his arrest in March, after he sent threatening phone messages to a Skidmore College student who had just ended a relationship with him. The messages alarmed Skidmore officials enough that they locked down the campus, though Leonard turned out to be in New Jersey at the time.
He pleaded guilty in May to first-degree coercion.
If Leonard doesn’t comply with the order to seek psychiatric treatment, he could get seven years in prison as a violation of his probation, authorities said.