THE DAILY STAR
Anthony Pacherille Sr. allegedly sought out the Oneonta home of the judge who presided over his son’s attempted murder trial and was arrested last week on a harassment charge.
Pacherille Sr. was charged with second-degree harassment after he surrendered to police at the Oneonta Public Safety Building. The charge is a violation punishable by fines and a maximum jail term of 15 days, and it is the second harassment charge lodged against the man in recent months.
The father of the Good Friday Cooperstown shooter was on Judge Brian Burns’ doorstep Aug. 2 and was met by the judge’s wife, according to Lt. Dennis Nayor of the Oneonta Police Department.
“He knocked on the door to verify that was the address of Judge Burns,” Nayor said. Burns’ wife asked who Pacherille was, and he identified himself, according to Nayor. “She was alarmed by that,” the lieutenant said.
Burns’ wife asked Pacherille to leave, and he did, according to Nayor.
“No direct threats were made,” Nayor said.
There was also a “course of conduct” that preceded theincident that involved statements allegedly made by Pacherille, but Nayor did not release details of the statements or how they were made.
Nayor said an arrest warrant was issued for Pacherille and he surrendered to police at 4 p.m. Tuesday without incident, was issued an appearance ticket for Oneonta City Court and released.
“It was pretty cut and dry. He was cooperative,” Nayor said. “He was charged with a harassment, second, for a course of conduct that had the intent to cause fear, annoyance or alarm.”
Anthony Pacherille Jr., 17, pleaded guilty in April to seconddegree attempted murder in the shooting of Wesley Lippitt on Good Friday in 2010. He was sentenced to 11 years in state prison. Burns was the presiding judge in the case.
According to a media release last month from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, Pacherille Sr. was arrested following a June complaint from Fly Creek resident Tracey Lippitt, the mother of the younger Pacherille’s shooting victim, Wesley Lippitt. The woman said her son was being followed by Pacherille Sr. in the towns of Otsego and Middlefield.
Pacherille Sr. appeared in Middlefield Town Court on Monday on charges of fourth-degree stalking and first-degree harassment, both misdemeanors, and the case was adjourned until Oct. 10.
Oneonta City Court Judge Richard McVinney also issued an order of protection for Burns and his wife against Pacherille Sr. Pacherille Sr. is slated to appear at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 24 for arraignment on the latest charge in Oneonta City Court. His listed phone number was not in service on Aug. 10.
District Attorney John Muehl did not immediately return a call for comment placed to his office Aug. 10.