Updated: February 21, 2020 07:15 PM
Created: February 21, 2020 06:49 PM
QUEENSBURY - Joshua Marcantonio had been hanging out with Shannon Gilligan, an old family friend, when Marcantonio's behavior became increasingly bizarre.
It happened May 9 on Charlotte Street in Glens Falls.
When Gilligan threw him out of his house, Marcantonio went to his car, grabbed a shotgun and fired a blast through the front door of the Charlotte Street duplex, killing Jacqueline Gilligan's 3-year-old purebred Dalmatian, Sir Edwin.
Last month, a jury found Marcantonio guilty of felony charges of attempted burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and misdemeanor animal cruelty.
At sentencing late Friday afternoon, Jacqueline Gilligan told Marcantonio she was devastated that he killed her dog with the shotgun blast and reminded him that he could've killed her father.
"You took a lot of things from a lot of people, and I don't hate you, but I don't like you," she said. "You were let into our house as a friend and did nothing but take, if anything I feel sorry for you. And I hope this makes you realize that lying your way out of things doesn't always work."
Marcantonio declined when given an opportunity to speak, but Judge Kelly McKeighan gave the 31-year-old an earful, telling him he what he did was a classic example of depraved indifference to human life.
"If I come to your house and just blast through the door, regardless, it's as heinous as it gets, and the fact that someone wasn't killed is pure chance, it's just like Russian Roulette, spinning that cylinder in a handgun and that's what you did. I just can't condone it in any way, shape or fashion."
McKeighan sentenced Marcantonio to 15 years in prison, the maximum for the top count of attempted burglary.
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