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Lenoard sentenced on coercion charge

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The man who was responsible for a lockdown at the Skidmore College campus back in March was sentenced to time served, probation, and psychiatric counseling.

Lance Leonard, 49, pleaded guilty in May to first-degree coercion.

Saratoga Springs police said Leonard was having a relationship with a student and started sending her threatening text messages. Based on his threatening statements, Saratoga Springs police locked down the campus on March 2.

Leonard was found in Atlantic City and brought back to New York.

During sentencing on Monday, Leonard received about three months time served, five years probation, and he will be sent to an in-patient psychiatric center. An eight-year stay-away order of protection was issued for the victim.

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