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Man admits to trying to kill the sheriff of Wyoming County

Posted at 4:56 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 16:56:08-04

WYOMING COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Wyoming County man now admits he tried to kill the sheriff of Wyoming County.

Lynn Michael Hall pleaded guilty in Wyoming County Court Wednesday to attempted murder in the second-degree.

In December 2018, Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was on his way to work in an unmarked vehicle on State Route 238 when another driver began following him and flashing his car's lights.

Rudolph pulled over to see if the driver needed help. That's when Hall pulled in front of the sheriff’s vehicle, blocking him in.

Investigators say Hall confronted the sheriff with a knife, threatening to kill him. He also tried to take the sheriff's gun during a struggle that continued to the ground on the side of the road.

Two newspaper delivery people and an off-duty New York State trooper saw what was going on and stopped to assist the sheriff. Rudolph was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hall faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.