Saratoga County District Attorney Karen A. Heggen announces that Cassandra Morsellino (DOB 09/20/1991) of Amsterdam pled guilty in Saratoga County Court to Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class “C” Violent Felony in violation of New York State Penal Law Section 110.00/120.10(1), in connection with a December 5, 2021 shooting on Jersey Hill Road in the Town of Galway.
Defendant Morsellino admitted under oath to being an accomplice with co-defendant Michael Kennedy in the attempted assault of the homeowner victim following an early morning dispute. The investigation and evidence collection spanned two counties – Saratoga and Montgomery – and was aided by the cooperation between the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Amsterdam Police Department.
District Attorney Heggen said, “This case represents the best of cooperative efforts between law enforcement agencies. Multiple agencies aided in locating the defendants shortly after the attack. Thanks to this cooperation, the evidence gathered was voluminous, resulting in an extremely strong case for us to prosecute.” Of note, Saratoga County Sheriff Investigator Matthew Kavanagh coordinated this complicated, cross-agency case and Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Rossi was first on scene and rendered life-saving aid to the victim.
The thirty (30) year-old Defendant is expected to be sentenced to six and a half (6.5) years in State Prison on December 2, 2022, to be followed by a period of post-release supervision. Additionally, the Court will impose a Full Stay Away Order of Protection for the maximum period of time in favor of the victim.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mary T. Northrup together with the assistance of Senior Assistant District Attorney Jennifer L. Buckley and District Attorney’s Office Investigators Jack Barney and Michael Hourigan.