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Sheriff: Rome liquor store owner was not murdered

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says the death of 63-year-old Rome liquor store owner Michael DeShane was not a homicide, but he cannot yet comment on how he died.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 2:08 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2020 2:37 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y. – Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says the death of a 63-year-old Rome liquor store owner was not a homicide, but he cannot yet comment on how Michael DeShane died.

The sheriff's office said Thursday the death was not suspicious, after authorities were called to Michael's Whitestown home just before noon. Michael's son, Jason DeShane, called 911 to report the incident, according to Maciol.

"When we say not suspicious…I’m saying it's not criminal,” said Maciol.

Michael was in State Supreme Court Wednesday regarding a domestic complaint his son, Jason DeShane, filed in November of 2019.

After a video circulated on social media showing Jason making verbal threats to an employee at the liquor store, a temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order was issued for both men.

Police seized 80 guns from the home Michael and Jason shared on Feb. 20 under the ‘red flag’ law, which allows authorities to removed weapons from anyone who may be a threat to themselves or others.

In court Wednesday, the judge extended the order, seizing Michael’s guns for one year.

Maciol says they are waiting for autopsy results to confirm the cause of death.

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