Man sentenced to prison for courthouse grenade scare

November 27, 2018

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man accused of sending an inert hand grenade to a judge has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison.

The Post-Star in Glens Falls reports 49-year-old Joseph Schutta Jr. entered an Alford plea Monday to a felony charge of placing a false bomb or hazardous substance. The plea means he doesn’t admit to the charge but acknowledges there’s enough evidence to convict him.

Police say a postal employee found a suspicious package in a mailbox in July 2017 at the Warren County Municipal Center, and an X-ray revealed the grenade inside.

The package’s intendent recipient, Warren County Judge John Hall, had sentenced Schutta to jail in 2005 for threatening a person and possessing a gun with the serial number filed off.

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