BALLSTON SPA – The former manager of a mobile home park in Milton was sentenced Thursday, March 30 to 30 days imprisonment for his role in the death of one of the park’s residents.
Harold L. Wolcott, 41, pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to criminally negligent homicide for the incident in which the victim, Scott A. Montie, died following an altercation between the two men. In addition to his jail sentence, Wolcott will be placed on probation for five years following his release and has been ordered to pay restitution of $8,428 for funeral expenses for the victim.
In the early morning of April 29, 2016, Wolcott was called by a neighbor of Montie’s who complained about loud noise coming from Montie’s residence at the Creek and Pine Mobile Homes Park on Middleline Road. Wolcott attempted to have Montie, who was 51, turn the music down. A scuffle ensued and Wolcott eventually subdued Montie and held him down until the Saratoga Coutny Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and found Montie unresponsive. He was transported to Saratoga Hospital, where he died two days later.
During the sentencing, Montie’s wife read a victim impact statement, saying her life has been changed forever by the incident.
“Scott was a beloved husband, a son, a brother and uncle. His untimely, needless death has had a profound effect on all of us,” she said.
An autopsy found that a previously undetected advanced heart condition, as well as toxicology results and the restraint used on the victim were some of the factors that caused the victim’s death, prosecutors said.
District Attorney Karen Heggen said Wolcott admitted that how he held and restrained Montie around the neck was severe enough that it caused the victim’s death.
“The risk was of such nature and degree that the failure to perceive the risk constituted gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in that situation,” Heggen said.
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