MALONE - A Franklin County man convicted in 2010 of shooting a police officer will not get a new trial, according to a state appellate court ruling Thursday.
Donald L. McCray, 41, Ticonderoga, shot Trooper George M. Stannard in the hand in August 2008 while police struggled to get a rifle from Mr. McCray.
He shot the trooper after a lengthy standoff.
The shooting occurred on a canoe in the Racquette River after Mr. McCray alerted the Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Office that he was armed and intended on killing himself.
He was convicted in Franklin County Court of the crimes of assault on a police officer and second-degree criminal use of a firearm in the. He was then sentenced to state prison for 15 years.
Through his attorney, Alexander Lesyk of Norwood, Mr. McCray argued his mental illness should have prevented his conviction, according to court documents.
Mr. Lesyk also argued that Mr. McCray suffered from ineffective counsel and that his sentence was excessively harsh. The state appellate court wrote that Mr. McCrays sentence was not harsh based on his lengthy criminal history involving firearms-related offenses.