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Man Who Threw Brick at Albany Police Officer During Riot Sentenced in Court

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

March 12, 2021



 Man Who Threw Brick at Albany Police Officer 

During Riot Sentenced in Court



ALBANY, NY -  District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that JAMES VAIL, 22, of Delmar, was sentenced to (4) years in State Prison, to be followed by (3) years of Post-Release Supervision, 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.

VAIL previously pleaded guilty to (1) Count of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D Violent Felony.

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.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Joseph Brucato and Assistant District Attorney Marissa Olsen prosecuted this case.

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