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Zelden Attacker Approved for Independent Living


The man who attacked then Congressman Lee Zeldin last summer while campaigning for the governorship near Rochester will be allowed to live independently.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, David Jakubonis has been cleared to leave treatment. His attorney, John Demarco, claims his client has remained sober and benefited from treatment.

In July, US Magistrate Judge Marian Payson approved Jakubonis to be allowed to live independently as well as allowing him to drive without court permission.

Jakubonis was drunk when he attacked the GOP gubernatorial candidate but claimed he didn’t know Zeldin was a “political person.”

The decorated army veteran faces a federal charge of Assaulting a Congressional Representative with a Deadly Weapon and a state charge of Attempted Assault. He is expected back in federal court on September 13.

Jakubonis approaches Zeldin. Provided
The weapon is taken as Jakubonis is arrested. Provided
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