New York State Police Arrest 64 YO Homeowner Who Killed 2 Home Invaders


New York State Police Arrest 64 YO Homeowner Who Killed 2 Home Invaders

The New York State Police recently reported that a 64-year-old man who killed two home invaders was arrested for having the gun he used to defend himself.

From their press release:

State Police in Marcy are investigating a shooting incident that occurred at 6110 Walker Road in the town of Deerfield, Oneida County.

Investigation suggests that at approximately 2:40 p.m., the homeowner, Ronald Stolarczyk interrupted a burglary and shot the two suspects with an illegally owned handgun. The two suspects have been identified as:

  • [A woman], age 57… was pronounced deceased at the scene.
  • [A man], age 27… was transported by private vehicle to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica where he was pronounced deceased.

Ronald A. Stolarczyk, age 64, from 6110 Walker Road was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Firearm, a class “E” felony. He was transported to the Oneida County Jail awaiting centralized arraignment.

State Police were assisted by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation is continuing.

The dead crooks are reportedly an aunt and her nephew. Great family, eh? Apparently our hero isn’t being charged for turning off their lights, but because the gun he used had been passed down to him by his father and wasn’t registered to him with the state government.

Let that sink in. Those of you who live in states which require registration, let me remind you: That. Is. Not. Freedom. Not in the least.

The Deerfield homeowner has retained attorney Mark Wolber, and Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara says the homeowner has been cooperative and talking to investigators.

Right now, Stolarczyk is charged with felony gun possession because investigators believe he used his deceased father’s gun, which he never registered to himself, to kill the two suspected intruders.

McNamara talked [to] Reporter Joleen Ferris about duty to retreat, whether it applies here; whether it applies to unarmed suspects. And Stolarczyk’s attorney shares what was going through his client’s mind as he heard strangers talking in his home, getting closer and closer to him.

“At this point in time, we have no reason to believe they were armed, but… the law doesn’t require them to be armed for Mr. Stolarczyk to defend himself against a burglar,” said McNamara.

“He told me that when they were coming up the stairs, that as they approached him, that he was scared to death and he thought they were going to kill him. One of the troopers said, ‘did you see anything in their hands?’ He said, ‘I didn’t look at their hands, I just saw them coming at me and I thought to myself, at that point, that it’s either them or me,’ and he just started firing,” Wolber said.

Wolber was hoping his client would be released on his own recognizance at some point Wednesday. He says he will ask that the gun charge be dismissed in the interest of justice.

Stolarczyk appeared in Utica City Court Wednesday and is being held on $10,000 cash bail or $15,000 bond. He is scheduled in Deerfield Town Court Monday at 6 p.m. and will remain in custody through that appearance.

What a travesty. One would expect such a thing in Nazi Germany, but not the good ol’ USA. But guess what, folks — it really CAN happen here. Oh, and this is a felony, so he would lose numerous rights if convicted, including the right to protect himself next time his life is in danger and the right to vote against such terrible policies.

The most severe sentence that may result from the gun charge is “1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison.”

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