DA: Deputy’s weapon not fired

Sheriff's deputy Kelly Rosenstrach. Lance Wheeler/For Columbia-Greene Media

Two of the counts listed in the indictment are related to second-degree reckless endangerment charges filed against defendants Alex Rosenstrach and Cory Gaylord.

Rosenstrach owns the home with his wife, Deputy Sheriff Kelly Rosenstrach.

The indictment cites two weapons fired the night of the house party where the alleged alleged assault took place.

Kelly Rosenstrach’s service weapon was not discharged, Czajka said. “No firearms were owned or in any way connected to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.”

Czajka said the firearms mentioned in the indictment were registered to Alex Rosenstrach and Gaylord.

Kelly Rosenstrach was suspended from the sheriff’s department without pay effective Wednesday, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Louis Bray said.

She was seven months pregnant at the time of the alleged assault, her attorney, Robert Williams, said.

All four defendants were released on their own recognizance. Columbia County Judge Richard M. Koweek cited their ties to the community and their willingness to appear voluntarily in court. All four agreed to relinquish their passports and to be fingerprinted and photographed at the state police barracks in Kinderhook.

Lawyers for the four said their clients have not had any contact with Handy since the July 5 incident, adding each of them had no prior criminal history.

The 25-count indictment came about 13 weeks after Handy was reportedly assaulted at a Fourth of July party held at the Rosenstrachs’ home, 3193 county Route 21, Kinderhook. Handy was treated by EMTs for his injuries at the scene at about 1 a.m. July 5 for nearly an hour before he was transported to Albany Medical Center.

Under the indictment, Kelly Rosenstrach was charged with one count each of second-degree gang assault, a class C felony; third-degree coercion, a class A misdemeanor; first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; and three counts of official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.

Under the official misconduct charges, the indictment alleges Kelly Rosenstrach intended to “conceal her participation and/or that or another, or others, did access computer records of the Columbia County Sheriff and/or relay the confidential information therein to another.”

The indictment also charges Gaylord and Alex Rosenstrach with third-degree coercion, a class A misdemeanor. The indictment alleges the defendants acted together to compel a person to abstain from calling 911, and that they instilled fear in that person that “if the demand is not complied with, the actors, or another, will cause physical injury to a person.”

Alex Rosenstrach, 37, of Kinderhook and the owner of Clublife Health and Fitness, was charged with one count each of second-degree gang assault, a class C felony; second-degree assault, a class D felony; three counts of third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor; and one count each of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; third-degree coercion, a class A misdemeanor; and second-degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.

Bryan Haag, 37, of Kinderhook and an IRS agent, was charged with one count each of second-degree gang assault, a class C felony; second-degree assault, a class D felony; three counts of third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor; and one count of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony.

Cory Gaylord, 31, of Craryville, was charged with one count each of second-degree gang assault, a class C felony; two counts of third-degree assault, a class D felony; one count of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; one count of third-degree coercion, a class A misdemeanor; and second-degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.

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