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20/10/2010

NY man convicted in 2009 school hostage standoff

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – A jury has convicted a New York man accused of holding a middle school principal hostage at gunpoint last fall of eight of nine charges, but found him not guilty of the most serious charge of kidnapping.

The Poughkeepsie Journal says Christopher Craft of Standfordville was convicted Tuesday of burglary, weapons possession and other charges.

Authorities say 42-year-old Craft was armed with a shotgun when he held Robert Hess hostage for two hours inside his Pine Plains office Nov. 10 before surrendering.

Hess had testified that Craft was upset over the denial of benefits for his son after the younger man was discharged from the Army.

Craft told a judge he was depressed and needed psychiatric care.

He faces up to 15 years in prison on the burglary and weapons charges alone.

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Information from: Poughkeepsie Journal,

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