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Candee Will Not Be Charged With Intruder’s Death

Deanna Candee will not face criminal charges for shooting to death a man who was burglarizing her Schroeppel home in October.

Candee and her son returned home to find Timothy Hartigan, 38, inside.  The home had been ransacked. He may have even cooked himself a meal.

Candee struggled with him, then her son began to wrestle with Hartigan.  Candee found a pistol in the home and shot Hartigan.  He died on Candee’s bedroom floor.

Monday, Oswego County District Attorney Donald Dodd issued a short statement:

On December 17th, 2009 and December 29th, 2009, an Oswego County Grand Jury reviewed the evidence and circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Timothy Hartigan by Deanna Candee at Ms. Candee’s home in the Town of Schroeppel on October 17, 2009. After an examination of the evidence, the Oswego County Grand Jury determined that Ms. Candee’s actions were justified under New York State Penal Law §35.20(3), and, therefore, concluded that any criminal charges were unwarranted.

The Oswego County District Attorney’s Office will have no further comment.

At the time of the shooting, Hartigan’s ex-wife and a family member told the Post-Standard Hartigan had been diagnosed years before with a mental illness.  They said he was a peaceful person when he was on his medication, and that he had just gotten out of University Hospital days before the shooting.