QUEENSBURY - The former police officer who held police at bay in his home for hours after crashing through the glass door of a neighbor's home one day last spring apologized Wednesday as a judge put him on probation for 5 years.

Aleksander Michalski accepted responsibility for his actions as Warren County Judge John Hall sentenced him for the dramatic standoff at his Glens Falls home last March 30.

"I feel sick about the whole thing," Michalski told Hall.

Michalski said he plans to live in New York City with relatives. Hall ordered him to take part in mental health treatment as directed, which is to include participation in a program on Staten Island.

Michalski, 53, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, a felony, in January, for the events that precipitated a 6-1/2-hour standoff at his West Boylston Street home.

He is a former New York City police officer and U.S. Army veteran of the Desert Storm conflict who moved to Glens Falls after retiring from the NYPD in the late 1990s.

The standoff ended when officers wearing body armor and toting assault rifles stormed his home and took him into custody.

He had several arrests in the months before the incident for a number of bizarre charges as his mental health seemingly spiraled downward.

But on March 30, after police went to his home to arrest him for not appearing in court on charges that he hit a man walking his dog and threatened the man with a knife, he fled out the back door of the home and smashed through the back door of a neighbor's home with a hatchet.

He was naked at the time, and chased a woman from the home yelling, "I'm going to get you." She fled and was not hurt.

His lawyer, Garfield Raymond, said Michalski had stopped taking medication for mental illness in the months before the standoff.

Michalski spent nearly 10 months in Warren County Jail awaiting disposition of the charges. He was released from jail to an in-patient mental health treatment program in Queens for military veterans and police officers after his guilty plea Jan. 26.

Hall said he received a report from that facility that Michalski completed the program he entered and he was "successfully discharged."

Michalski was also directed to make $400 restitution for the neighbor's door, and orders of protection were issued for the victims in his cases.

Michalski could face a state prison sentence of up to 7 years on the felony burglary count if he violates probation.

The plea deal in Warren County was expected to be merged with one on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child in Colonie that was filed in September 2009 after he allegedly lured a young girl in his car at a church event.

 

 

 

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LUZERNEMTN
LUZERNEMTN

What a joke. Probation! Wait until he goes off his meds again and really hurts someone. I am sure he had issues while working for NYPD downstate before he was ushered upstate. Keep brushing his problems under the carpet. Good Luck folks of Staten Island.

tony
tony

And our courts aren't rigged? He tries to lure a girl into his car. Then he hits a stranger on the street and threatens him with a knife. He doesn't show up for court. When the police try to arrest him for that, he breaks into his neighbors house and threatens her with a hatchet? And he gets probation? Seriously? I have that correct? Just because he was a cop? And some people wonder why others don't trust authority.

Rieux
Rieux

He "plans on" moving to New York ? What does that mean ?

I plan on doing things too and sometimes I don't get around to actually doing them.

bainite
bainite

Nice sweetheart deal from Kate Hogan. It's good to be a (police) union member.

HateCells
HateCells

Preferential Treatment; better treatment given to one person or group than to another without reasonable cause. "2 Tier Justice System"

The double standards are appalling! He broke into a women's house, while she & a "child" where inside(TERRIFIED.) Plus a day long stand off and get 5yrs probation!!!

I wanna break the law like this man and stand before this judge. Excuse me your Honor I will leave your county if

glens_falls_12801
glens_falls_12801

It is his responsibility to take his medication. He needs to be held accountable for his actions. He will go to prison for 7 years if he violates the conditions which is reassuring. However, what happens until then? I hope the judge doesn't come to regret this decision. It sounds like he needs help and the judge is giving him the benefit of a doubt. I cannot say I agree, but at the same time, he is receiving a second chance. Hopefully he gets the help he needs

GlensFalls76
GlensFalls76

The jails and prisons are so full this is the problem. That the men and women that are being charged with petty crimes are taking up beds and the lunatics know this so this is def a reason why they know the justice system is going to let them side, or give them some bs sentence. with the recent prison closings it makes it def. hard for NY state to give real convictions , they should go and read everyones sentence over again and release those with non violent crimes and incarrerate those with crimes like these above..So we can feel safer in our community knowing lunatics like this are not among our city or town streets coming up with a new victum to hurt or destroy...

LGR
LGR

That's the way to protect our community Kate Hogan!!! It's time the citizens take things into their own hands and vote you out of office. This man terrorizes the neighborhood. Multiple victims are traumitized, and this is the best you can do. What a crock!!

fxkane
fxkane

I agree strongly with LUZERNE,tony, bainite, HateCells, and LGR. The pressure came from somewhere--and those who guess here, probably got it right. We talk about the invisibility of some victims!! What a perfect example. This is just one more proof that we don't live in a democratic society and that justice is heavily weighted against some and for others.

St-Egreve
St-Egreve

Apparently the powers that be have decided that they'd rather wait until this man kills somebody before they bother to lock him up. Meds or no meds, Glens Falls or Staten Island, this guy does not belong out in the public. They really blew this one.
At least I know what he looks like now. If you see him coming, run the other way.

Spiney Norman
Spiney Norman

Never met the man and no I'm not comfortable with this plea deal BUT this appears to be a 'mental health' issue rather than a criminal one.He didn't break into the neighbors to rob them,he didn't 're-locate' to our area to start up a criminal enterprise as so many from down state appear to be doing these days.If his moving back downstate is part of the settlement I'm a bit more relieved.Thing is,there's a lot of people with mental health issues who commit crimes and are incarcerated for committing them.Until we get to the bottom of 'mental illness',our legal system will continue to struggle handling those who suffer with MI.I'd guess his background was weighed against his current behaviors - if he was a good, honest cop, mil. vet. etc.,who suddenly began acting irrational,contrary to his 'normal' self, I can see a bit of leniency as far as a prison sentence goes. 'Punished' for being 'ill' ? We used to burn 'witches' at the stake too.However,we do need to be protected - bottom line.

Disgusted in Glens Falls
Disgusted in Glens Falls

I am ashamed of the Judge and our system that this man should be free only on probation. He has commited neumerous crimes and goes free. How many people that day were scared to death for their families and neighbors not to say that schools were in lockdown. He should be put on a "Register" where ever he goes. Sex offenders have to register once released stating that they are "OK" for society but not the people that put peoples lives in danger at any given moment. Yes it as almost been a year but I remember it as the neighborhood will never forget and wonder who the next person that moves in, are they safe? Not a good impression of our city, judicial system or our society.

numbsense
numbsense

I have to laugh a little when reading people's comments here. What is everybody looking for, a trial? So he can be found not guilty by reason of mental defect? Yep, that would be great. Then, as soon as he is back on his meds at a psych facility, the state would be required to release him as "fit for society". At least now, he has a watchdog to make sure he takes his pills.

politicoQB
politicoQB

This Patriot is aHero who protectid all a yous freedam in Dessert Strom. He should be alloud to do what he wants sincen he s a Hero. Freedum isnt free. Our Heros our alwayZ put down by thees librels who want to take away the writes they fawt for in uniform of the Land of the brave and the HOAm of the free brave not fawlen but HE IS a hero that after 9alevvin These HEROWs are defending yore Rights and he is a police occifer two. freedom dont come without no FIGht! you liberuls go crawl under a rock before this man are a hero.

smartguy1
smartguy1

First of all, nice job Kate Hogan. Way to avoid another trial. As far as this guy being a retired cop, I doubt it. He was probably more like a janitor for the nypd. Also him being a retired cop has nothing to do with the light sentence. If you remember back a couple of years, you remember another former nypd cop protecting his family in his own yard in queensbury getting raked over the coals by our girl Kate. It is time for Kate as well as most of the other area politicians to be voted out of office.

Cricket
Cricket

We seem to get a lot of undesirables from downstate, bringing their drugs up here. Guess it is about time we return the favor. Sorry, Staten Island. Politico -- how long did it take you to make that post? LOL :)

independentguy
independentguy

the men in blue protecting their own? looks that way to me. and quit trying to downplay this because he is mentally ill. that is hogwash. even when he was not taking his meds, he knew what he was doing was wrong and knew that he could use his so called disability to get off. this biased system puts loving, caring fathers in jail for not paying child support and lets freaks like this to run free. our system sucks.

HateCells
HateCells

@politicoQB, WOW are you really serious or are you being sarcastic?! He's no longer a COP, nor a Service Member. He is a "civilian." Thus making his service or former duty irrelevant. Yes, he does have mental issues, and I do have sympathy for his psychological state. Given his past history as a "civilian" he should have at least got a year in a state prison for the mentally ill, not treated with kit gloves. For you to pull the political card is totally insane and the typical neo-con mentality. A real America like myself is "both" a conservative & liberal! Did you know the Patriot Act makes are constitution a blank piece of paper? Its powers are far overreaching are rights, more than you would believe. I'm a red blooded American, not a terrorist! Your post is unbelievably one sided and makes no sense! What's freedom w/out the rule of law? Please look up the fourteenth amendment of the constitution, Equal Protection Clause. Oh nevermind, Patriot Act voids the Constitution!!

dennis
dennis

...."dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Ho-hum

HateCells
HateCells

@SpinneyNormand & numbsense, the outcome he got is really no different than if his case had went to trial. Medical Jurisprudence is very hard to prove for ones defense. Yes the way our society stigmatizes the mentally ill is a very serious matter. He assaulted a man walking his dog, skipped court date, broke into a neighbors home which is breaking and entering. With all that happened before the standoff issue he should've been under some sort of court order, to be monitored. Epic failure of the system all the way around!! "2 Tier Justice"

Cricket
Cricket

@HateCells - you need to read more of Politico's posts. It's all tongue-in-cheek. You need to get a sense of humor. This man got off too easy.

HateCells
HateCells

@Cricket, your right. I took his bait, hook-line and sinker. I've seen some of his comments on other stories, should've know better! And Cricket I never said I was in support of the ruling. Read my previous comment. ;)

Cricket
Cricket

[quote]HateCells said: "And Cricket I never said I was in support of the ruling. Read my previous comment. ;) "[/quote]

I was making no reference to your support, or lack of, of the ruling actually. I still recall the slap on the wrist the visiting cop got last summer for his faux-pas (sp?) in Lake George.(Shepard Park) What was he, a CT cop?

bp2424
bp2424

Spiney...Very good comments and very well said. I'm with you on this one. I don't like the way this case went, too many crimes were committed and too many people were terrorized or hurt, but, you're right... the way we treat mental illness in this country is insane. (no pun intended) So many times these people go untreated and then end up in the criminal justice system. And POLITICO...I also wonder how long it took you to write that comment??? (see Cricket's comment) Oh, I get it...Librels (or is it liberuls) have taken away all the 'freedams' and police "occifers' don't get any respect. I consider myself patriotic and certainly give a lot of credit to those who serve our country and defend our freedoms....I just don't think they should be threatening their own neighbors. That's not what freedom is all about.

bp2424
bp2424

OK, folks! I give in! You're right, teachers are not doing their jobs. When I see posts with writing like some of these, I know that every teacher out there should be fired!

listen2me
listen2me

I agree with bp2424 fire em all...teachers, DAs, Judges. Anyone else that I have missed?

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