KIANTONE – A Kiantone man who faces three counts of menacing and three counts of harassment for allegedly firing a replica cannon at his neighbors in November has rejected a plea deal.
Brian Malta, 52, who is engaged in a dispute with the neighbors over an easement, fired a replica Civil War cannon toward his neighbor’s property on several occasions, authorities said.
Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies confiscated the cannon and a collection of firearms owned by Malta, according to his attorney, Parker MacKay of Buffalo.
MacKay said that the plea deal offered by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office was declined by his client Tuesday.
However, he said that he is still considering the offer and that no time limit was given on accepting or rejecting it.
MacKay said that he will file a motion to ask that Malta’s firearms be returned to the custody of someone else for safekeeping.
“The cannon is really the only thing that is questioned in this case,” he said.
MacKay said that when Malta appears in Kiantone Town Court again Jan. 14, he will prepare written requests for discovery in the suit against his client.
Malta posted $2,500 bail after being charged in the case.
MacKay added that his client is not comfortable with the publicity in the case, which has attracted media interest from around the United States and abroad.