Suspect in Skidmore threat to be extradited to Saratoga

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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— A man being held in Atlantic City for allegedly stalking and threatening a Skidmore College student has waived extradition and will be transported to Saratoga Springs in the near future.

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said Lance C. Leonard, 49, of Cuttyhunk Island, Mass., gave up his right to fight extradition Wednesday afternoon in Atlantic City.

He was charged with first-degree coercion for allegedly calling and text messaging a Skidmore student in her early 20s as well as the student’s father. Police said Leonard may have had a relationship with the girl in the past. He threatened in the messages and calls to come to Skidmore and harm her and himself.

The girl’s father contacted the college March 5 about the disturbing messages. The college then contacted city police and the campus was locked down. Only those with college identification were allowed in or out.

Police located Leonard in Atlantic City on March 6 and he was taken into custody that day and held. Murphy said Saratoga Springs city police have 90 days to pick up Leonard and return him to Saratoga Springs City Court for arraignment.

If Leonard had decided to fight extradition, the District Attorney’s Office would have had to send a representative to Atlantic City for a hearing before a judge there, he said.

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