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Former Albany police lieutenant Michael Barone jailed after violating protective order

TROY — Retired Albany police lieutenant and attorney Michael S. Barone was uncharacteristically quiet during an appearance in Rensselaer County court on Monday morning after spending about three weeks locked up with his bail revoked for allegedly raping protection orders that prohibited him from contacting a girlfriend.

Barone, 55, ended up in Rensselaer County Jail after violating Albany Family Court orders and was charged with criminal contempt in Brunswick City Court, court records and confirmation show. of the special prosecutor and Barone’s defense attorney.

Barone had been released on $25,000 bail after allegedly shooting and robbing a friend last year in the town of Rensselaer. Barone had pleaded not guilty in February to counts of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault before Rensselaer County Court Judge Debra Young.

Barone’s defense attorney, Michael McDermott, has had to silence his client in previous appearances. Barone took the floor and addressed the judges directly when he appeared before.

On Monday, Barone did not say a word during the proceedings. He was wearing a green prison uniform, a far cry from his February arraignment when he appeared in a suit and carrying a briefcase.

Barone is accused in Brunswick court of contacting a girlfriend after being told to stay away from her. Columbia County Assistant District Attorney Brendan Cranna said the case is due in court on Wednesday.

Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka’s office has been named special prosecutor for the cases Barone is facing.

In both cases, Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly requested the appointment of a special prosecutor due to conflicts of interest. Some of Donnelly’s staff had extensive contact with Barone in Albany County. Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hauf previously worked in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office on cases in which Barone testified as an Albany police officer. Assistant District Attorney William Andrews ran for judge of the Albany County Family Court, in which Barone was also a candidate. Additionally, Donnelly’s father and husband were both Albany police officers and worked with Barone.

Barone’s court appearance on Monday focused on procedural matters. The prosecution is still awaiting evidence from various police departments involved in the crime case. While the crime allegedly took place in Rensselaer, Barone was arrested by Albany police after taking the man he allegedly shot on October 19, Michael Brothers, then 35, to Center Hospital Albany Medical Center for treatment.

Brothers had told Barone that he had been the victim of a home invasion. Brothers said Barone later accused him of lying, shot him and then drove him to the Albany Medical Center hospital, according to court documents.

In a statement, Brothers said he contacted Barone after three men, including one he wanted to sell marijuana to, robbed him at gunpoint from his $1,200, 4-ounce apartment. of marijuana.

Brothers told police he couldn’t reach Barone, so he drove to his home on Central Avenue in Colonie.

“I told Mike what happened,” Brothers said. “Mike put on his gun, vest, gas mask and tactical pants. Then we both got into his (Mercedes) SL 550 and drove back to my house.”

Hours later, Barone allegedly shot Brothers. Barone then took Brothers to Albany where city police arrived in response to a report from the victim of a gunshot wound.