A Broome County man has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a police officer for striking a State Trooper during a vehicle chase in Binghamton.
According to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, 36-year-old James Giacalone pleaded guilty Monday morning, just hours before jury selection was slated for his upcoming trial.
He faces a sentence of 12 years in prison and five years on parole.
The Trooper he injured has not returned to work since he suffered the injury in January.
Giacalone was initially charged with attempted murder after the January incident.
According to investigators, Troopers were pursuing Giacalone on an active arrest warrant when he struck a utility pole on Alfred Street in Binghamton.
They say when the Troopers exited their vehicle, Giacalone backed his vehicle down the street and into a parking lot before quickly accelerating and striking a Trooper.
The Trooper fired at Giacalone, striking him in the face, but the suspect kept driving away.
They finally caught up with him on foot a short distance away.
Giacalone was initially taken to Wilson Hospital, and then transferred to Geirsinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania for treatment.
The injured trooper was treated for leg and facial injuries at Wilson Hospital and then released.
Giacalone is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15 in Broome County Court.