Judge dismisses charges in beating at Kinderhook home of sheriff’s deputy
Raymond Pignone in Columbia-Greene Media reports that the four defendants accused of severely beating a Kinderhook mechanic at a Fourth of July weekend house party in 2020 won't face any criminal charges as State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Marcelle dismissed the case against them on May 10. Marcelle said, "I’m going to grant the motions to dismiss this case in the interest of justice. Further, I’m going to deny the motion of the appointment of a special prosecutor as being moot in light of that decision. That’s the court’s decision. Thank you very much. The parties are excused.” Alex Rosenstrach, his wife Kelly Rosenstrach and two friends, Cory Gaylord and Bryan Haag were accused of assaulting party guest Harold Handy III at the Rosenstrach’s home in the early morning hours of July 5, 2020. Kelly Rosenstrach is a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy. Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek recused himself from the case, and Marcelle was appointed as presiding judge. Originally, Alex Rosenstrach was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, class A misdemeanors; first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; third-degree coercion and second-degree reckless endangerment, both class A misdemeanors. Kelly Rosenstrach was charged with third-degree coercion, a class A misdemeanor and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony. Bryan Haag was charged with three counts of third-degree assault, class A misdemeanors and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony. Cory Gaylord was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, class A misdemeanors; first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; third-degree coercion, a class A misdemeanor and second-degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor. Handy was beaten so severely at the party that he was eventually taken to the intensive care unit of Albany Medical Center. Handy had two bones in his face fractured, and a large hematoma over his left eye. Attorney Mark Portin, who represented Alex Rosenstrach, Handy attorney Paul M. Freeman of Hudson, and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately return calls for comment on May 10. William D. Roberts, an Albany attorney who represented Kelly Rosenstrach said, "Mrs. Rosenstrach is pleased with the dismissal. She was anxiously awaiting her day in court knowing that a trial would have vindicated her. She is glad the case is over and she can get back to her life with her family.” Paul DerOhannessian, who represented Haag, said his client is pleased with the dismissal and grateful for the support he received from the public “through three long years.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.