Accused Cooperstown shooter pleads not-guilty

By WKTV News

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Anthony Pacherille pleaded not guilty to all counts against him in Otsego County Court Friday morning.

Pacherille, 16, was scheduled to appear in Otsego Town Court on April 30 for a felony hearing on charges that include attempted second-degree murder. However, those proceedings were removed from the calendar due to the grand jury's involvement.

Pacherille is accused of shooting 16-year-old Wesley Lippitt in the arm on April 2 inside the Cooperstown Police Station. He then turned the gun on himself, and was hospitalized for several weeks as a result.

Attorney John Hartmann asked the judge to have Pacherille released into the custody of a mental health facility, saying Pacherille has undergone a psychiatric evaluation and is suicidal.

The judge told Pacherille he needed more time to learn about the psychiatric facilities before agreeing to release Pacherille.

"My goal, as in every case, is to strike a balance and achieve justice for the people in the State of New York and Mr. Pacherelli," said Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said in a statement.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 18.

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