A Plattsburgh man accused of gunning down two people in cold blood is claiming he suffers from a mental illness.
Prosecutors allege Tony Pavone, 52, shot and killed Patricia Howard and Timothy Carter at Carter's home in Dannemora back in January. Howard had dumped Pavone and was dating Carter.
The defense is arguing Pavone suffered from a mental illness. Doctors are evaluating him.
"I'm anticipating without that defense, there will be a likely plea in the case. Throughout the ongoing investigation with the New York State Police, we have had many issues that have come up that would support that Pavone was not suffering from a mental disease or defect on January 31, 2010," Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said.
If Pavone accepts the plea deal he would spend 50 years to life in prison. If the case goes to trial and he is convicted, Pavone faces life without parole.
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