MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Acting District Attorney Meagan Galligan announced that a Sullivan County Grand Jury handed down indictments for two alleged felons this week.
According to Galligan, Richard Olsen, 34, of Ferndale, is charged with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, and several other felonies in connection with the shooting of a man in the Village of Monticello on June 3, 2020. It is alleged that Olsen and the victim engaged in a dispute in the Town of Liberty, following which Olsen pursued the man to Monticello and shot at least 13 rounds at the car the victim was in, from his own pickup truck, injuring the victim and endangering others. If convicted of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Olsen faces up to 25 years of incarceration. Olsen’s bail has been set at $30,000 cash, $60,000 secured bond, or $180,000 partially secured bond.
In addition to the Olsen indictment, Galligan said that Daniel Ridley, 34, of Glen Spey, is charged with Assault in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, and other felonies stemming from a police investigation into the assault which led to the recovery of a pistol in the Town of Thompson on June 5, 2020. It is alleged that Ridley injured the victim with a weapon and that he illegally possessed an operable firearm. It is not alleged that Ridley shot the pistol. If convicted, Ridley faces up to 7 years of incarceration. Ridley’s bail has been set at $50,000 cash, $100,000 bond, or $400,000 partially secured bond on this and his other pending case.
Galligan said, “Gun violence and illegal weapons possession threaten public safety and undermine the public’s confidence in responsible gun ownership. I, together with our law enforcement community, remain committed to keeping Sullivan County safe.” Galligan thanked the New York State Police, Village of Monticello Police Department, and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office for their continuing dedication to these investigations.