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Man Who Threw Brick at Albany Police Officer During Riot Pleads Guilty to Assault

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

December 1, 2020



 Man Who Threw Brick at Albany Police Officer

 During Riot Pleads Guilty to Assault



ALBANY, NY -  District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that JAMES VAIL, 26, of Delmar, pleaded guilty to (1) Count of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D Violent Felony, before the Honorable Roger D. McDonough Albany County Court this afternoon for his role in participating in a riot, damaging a police vehicle, and injuring a police officer.

On May 30, 2020, at approximately 8:00 PM, at the Albany Police Station located at 126 Arch Street, VAIL participated in a riot and caused damage to a marked Albany Police Department. While participating in the riot, VAIL also threw a brick at an Albany Police Officer, striking him in the head. The officer sustained a concussion, shoulder pain, and a bulging disc in his neck requiring treatment at a local hospital.

VAIL faces (4) years in State Prison, to be followed by (3) years of Post-Release Supervision, when sentenced on January 22, 2021.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Joseph Brucato and Assistant District Attorney Marissa Olsen are handling the prosecution of this case.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]