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April 30, 2010

Anthony Pacherille indicted on 4 charges, including 3 hate crimes

By Tom Grace
Cooperstown News Bureau

COOPERSTOWN —  Anthony Pacherille, 16, was indicted on four charges, including three hate crimes in Otsego County Court this morning.

Pacherille is charged with second degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first degree assault as a hate crime, second degree assault as a hate crime and first degree criminal use of a firearm.

Police say that on Good Friday, April 2, Pacherille shot classmate Wesley Lippitt, also 16, in the arm with a .22 rifle, fired a second round into the Cooperstown Police station, then shot himself in the chin.

According to police and bystanders, the incident began in Cooper Park beside the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Lippitt, who is black, has returned to Cooperstown High School. Pacherille, who is white, has been recovering from his injuries at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, where he is being held without bail.

In court Friday, Assistant District Attorney Paul Elkan handed up the charges before Judge Brian Burns.