The defense attorney for a man accused of swinging a machete at people and stealing a police cruiser wants her client to be released from jail so he can attend a substance abuse rehabilitation center for two weeks. But Essex County State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi is concerned about the public’s safety.
Attorney Laura Wilson of Lyndonville proposed releasing Jeremy Way 51, of Lunenburg on Tuesday. She is working on a plan for Way to attend Valley Vista in Bradford. State’s Attorney Illuzzi said “We believe Mr. Way is a danger to the public, certainly to the two victims in this case.” Police said that Way was drunk on several quarts of moonshine, and swinging a machete at his stepson.