White Creek woman indicted for allegedly attempting to kill police officer

WHITE CREEK – A White Creek woman has been indicted for her alleged role in an incident where her husband is accused of firing multiple shots at police.

Jane Jenkins, 43, is facing charges including two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder for the July 7 incident.

State Police responded to 210 Jermain Hill Lane around 10:43 p.m. to reports of a landlord-tenant dispute.

Police say 38-year-old Matthew Parant, who rented a home on the property, got into a dispute with the property owner and took a rifle from his home. He then allegedly opened fire on officers and property owners.

Parant then barricaded himself inside his home as multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. The State Police Crisis Unit responded and contacted Parant for several hours to no avail. He left his residence shortly before 4:30 a.m. and attempted to flee the scene in a van when he was arrested.

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No one was injured in the incident.

Parant was charged in Washington District Court on September 16 with three counts of willful second-degree murder, two counts of willful first-degree murder and reckless endangerment. He also faces two counts of misdemeanor second-degree intimidation and misdemeanor mischief.

Authorities said a woman on the property had previously failed to cooperate with the investigation.

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said Thursday that Jenkins is being charged as an accomplice to Parant. He won’t discuss the specifics of her case.

The attempted murder charges allege that she intended to cause the death of a state police officer, the Washington County Deputy Sheriff and the homeowner, court documents show.

Jenkins denied any involvement in shooting the officers in a court filing. She alleges that the property owner was driving that morning to take pictures and/or record her and Parant. Jenkins said the landlord has indicated they want to move the couple to another house on the property, so they can rent it out as an Airbnb.

Jenkins also alleges that there were problems at the property such as leaking roofs, rat and bird intrusion and problems with appliances.

Jenkins denies any wrongdoing.

“I was in the mansion the whole time. I do not participate in my husband’s behavior, (or) condone his conduct,” she wrote in a statement.

In addition to attempted murder, Jenkins was also charged with felony endangerment by reckless endangerment of the first degree and misdemeanors of second degree intimidation and fourth degree misdemeanor.

She was arranged in Washington District Court on September 23 and was released on bail.

Jenkins’ attorney, Brian Premo, did not return a message seeking comment.

Michael Goot is the night and weekend editor of The Post-Star. Contact him at 518-742-3320.


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