Thursday, January 28, 2021

Paul D. Hussey Tried to Run Down Members:
Livingston County Church attacker, Hussey, sentenced to state prison

BATAVIA — A man crazed on drugs when he drove off the Thruway and tried to run over a group of church members was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in Genesee County Court.

Paul D. Hussey, 64, was sentenced by Judge Charles Zambito to 28 months to seven years in state prison. The sentencing came more than two years after Hussey’s arrest.

Hussey, from Geneseo and Tennessee, was driving on the state Thruway Aug. 8, 2018, when he suddenly drove off the road and into a field behind the church. Four members of the church were walking on a trail that circles behind the church. Church members meet every Wednesday to walk the trail and pray.

Hussey pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and one count of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The plea deal called for a sentence of no more than five years in prison and sentencing had been set for October 2019. Hussey, however, left the state.

He was found in Port of Seattle in Washington in February and extradited to New York. He was indicted in October and charged with bail jumping. The bail jumping charge, also a felony, remains pending against Hussey, who is scheduled to appear in April for that charge.

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