DEERFIELD, N.Y. - The man who shot and killed two people in May after they broke into his home appeared in Deerfield Town Court Monday night.
Ronald Stolarczyk was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after shooting and killing Patricia Talerico and Nicholas Talerico after they entered Stolarczyk's home in Deerfield on May 28.
Judge Thomas Larkin dropped the charges against Stolarczyk and dismissed his case.
Stolarczyk's attorney, Mark Wolber, has been asking since the beginning for the charges to be dropped in the interest of justice.
"The district attorney's office has been very agreeable with us, and I believe they did the right thing," Wolber said. "But this is what I thought was the right outcome from the beginning, given all the facts and circumstances of the case, and I am very pleased and gratified that this is the result."
Stolarczyk shared of few words of his own.
"I was just in fear for my life, and I had to act right away, because I said 'hold it right there' and they just kept coming - and I realized if they were able to grab the gun from me I'd probably be dead," Stolarczyk said. "I think it's a very good outcome, I'm happy that all the charges were dropped."
Stolarczyk is still not able to live in his home due to the condition of the structure, but he says he is safe where he is staying.