Man gets 7-year term for assault

JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville man was sentenced to seven years in state prison Monday for assaulting a man in Gloversville the same night he was stabbed to death in 2010.

Derrick R. Paul, 30, of County Highway 146, pleaded guilty before Judge Polly A. Hoye to second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence in the case involving the late Brian Morrison of Johnstown.

Paul was sentenced on the charge of second-degree assault, a violent felony, to seven years in prison and two years of post-release supervision. He was sentenced on the charge of tampering with physical evidence, a felony, to 1 1/3 to four years in prison, to run concurrently with the prison time given for the assault conviction.

“He wouldn’t see the light of day if it was up to me,” said Rebecca Morrison after the sentencing. She is the widow of Brian Morrison.

Paul was arrested by Gloversville police July 2. He is accused of assaulting and robbing the 42-year-old Morrison before he was stabbed to death. Paul is not accused of the actual stabbing death. Authorities are continuing to look for the killer.

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