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More details emerge in police-related Kinderhook beating

May 02, 2022 1:03 pm

Roger Hannigan Gilson in the Times Union digs through the court documents in the beating case of Harold Handy, a mechanic, hurt so badly at a July 4, 2020 party at the Kinderhook home of a Columbia County sheriff's deputy and her gym-owner husband he ended up in the intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center. Most of the charges against the law enforcement agents at the party were dismissed in late December 2021 by Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek. The dismissal "hinged on defense attorneys' arguments that Handy's injuries were not severe enough to justify the gang assault or felony assault charges," Gilson writes. Handy was put in the intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center on a ventilator with a concussion, a fractured eye socket, and scratches and cuts all over his body because of the attack. Deputy Kelly Rosenstrach and her husband Alex Rosenstrach, and IRS law enforcement agent Bryan Haag and Cory Gaylord, a contractor all largely escaped any penalties for the beating of Handy. In court documents, Handy said he was first "attacked by Alex." Another witness said Rosenstrach and Gaylord were firing guns at the party just before the beating. But now the four defendants only have a single felony charge: unlawful imprisonment, which carries a maximum of four years in prison. No trial date has been set for the case. Read more about this story in the Times Union.