How Did This Guy Wind Up With 28,000+ Criminal Counts Against Him?Posted: Updated:
It's a scary level of persistence. Shaun Liscum of Lyons Falls is accused of calling the same woman 9,671 times between March and September.
Police say he did it all from a community phone in his cell block in Lewis County Jail.
Liscum's efforts, however, were in vain.
Police say, for whatever reason, the woman already had the jail's number blocked.
"None of the calls ever made it through and that's why he continued in his persistence in attempting to reach her," said Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli.
The woman he was calling already had an order of protection against Liscum.
Police say he was able to make so many calls basically because of a loophole.
Every inmate gets a one minute courtesy call, but because the number was blocked and the calls never went through, Liscum pretty much had unlimited calls.
"If nobody picks up, they can continuously hang up and dial the number, hang up and dial the number, and that's what happened in this case," said Carpinelli.
Police say Liscum is in jail after he broke into an ex-girlfriend's apartment in Lowville and choked her and another woman last March.
The ex-girlfriend had an order of protection against Liscum, but it is not clear if she is the same woman he made all of these calls to.
Carpinelli says there won't be any changes to how the department monitors calls.
"We have to also follow the guidelines of New York State Corrections and Commissions and respect the inmates' rights," he said.
Liscum now faces an astounding 28,851 criminal counts - 9,617 counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, 9,617 counts of aggravated family offense and 9,617 counts of first-degree criminal contempt.
We reached out to the Lewis County District Attorney to find out how you go about prosecuting that many charges, but she was not available for comment.