Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten informed local media that Justin Barkley, 39, of Ithaca, appeared in Tompkins County Court yesterday afternoon, January 11, 2018.
The district attorney says Barkley entered guilty pleas to the crimes of Manslaughter and Menacing a Police Officer.
Van Houten added that as a requirement of the plea, Barkley will be sentenced to 25 years in state prison, which is the maximum legal sentence, for the Manslaughter conviction and 8 years in state prison for the Menacing a Police Officer conviction, also the maximum legal sentence. A five year term of post release supervision will be imposed after Barkley completes his prison sentence.
Barkley was required to waive his right to appeal as part of the plea.
Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski and District Attorney Van Houten prosecuted the case, and Peter Dumas from Malone, New York represented the defendant. A jury had just been seated at the time of the plea.
According to the information provided by the District Attorney’s office, Barkley admitted to intentionally causing the death of William Schumacher on December 8, 2016 at the Walmart store in the City of Ithaca.
Barkley also admitted to firing his rifle in the direction of police officers who had pursued him back to his residence in the Town of Dryden.
He remains incarcerated in the Tompkins County Jail pending sentencing in February.