RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- A 47-year-old Amityville, Long Island, man who was in custody has been cleared of assaulting a deputy sheriff with a bologna sandwich.
The Suffolk District Attorney said the jury did find Frank Barnett guilty of obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor.
The district attorney said it happened on April 8 when Barnett was at the district court in Central Islip for an appearance on an unrelated misdemeanor charge. During a lunch break he allegedly threw his bologna sandwich at Deputy Robert Etheridge. He said he dropped it and was trying to pick it up when he was set upon by deputies.
During the ensuing scuffle, Etheridge told the jury he suffered a back injury that kept him off the job for a month.
However, after two hours of deliberations Monday the Suffolk jury convicted Barnett of the misdemeanor obstruction charge, and found him not guilty of assault.