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Former Auburn prison official pleads guilty in Southern Tier road rage incident that went viral on TikTok

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A once high-ranking official at Auburn Correctional Facility, caught in a controversial road rage incident in July, has entered a guilty plea. Gregory P. Stachowski, from Big Flats, admitted to attempted petit larceny Tuesday in Horseheads Town Court. As a result, he has been directed to pay $200 in restitution and a fine of $100.


The July 21 episode near Interstate 86 and Route 13 in Horseheads was captured on video and subsequently shared on TikTok, garnering over 295,000 views. The footage depicts Stachowski confronting the individual filming, accusing him of trying to cause a road accident.

Post-investigation, New York State Police arrested Stachowski on charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor.

Additionally, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reported earlier that Stachowski had been demoted from his role as deputy superintendent of security at Auburn prison to captain at Wende Correctional Facility.

He was suspended on July 25, awaiting an administrative hearing.