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Oneida County man admits to threatening cops with gun

A 41-year-old Central New York man shot and wounded by a state trooper during an armed confrontation in June has pleaded guilty to menacing charges.

Utica media outlets report that James Newbill pleaded guilty Tuesday to four felony counts of menacing a police officer.

Newbill told prosecutors he had hoped police would kill him when he armed himself with a rifle and walked toward the trooper and three Oneida County sheriff's deputies outside his town of Lee home on the night of June 21.

After Newbill fired a shot into the air and refused orders to drop the weapon, the trooper shot him in both hands.

Newbill will be sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on October 4.

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