Reported robber faces prison time

JOHNSTOWN – A man who robbed a bar and threatened to kill two people last spring in Gloversville pleaded guilty Thursday in Fulton County Court and faces up to three years in state prison.

Edward C. Jones, 54, of 2128 Route 67, pleaded guilty before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one count of third-degree robbery as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until Oct. 8. Jones is expected to be sentenced to 1 1/2-to-three years in state prison as a second-felony offender, according to Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira’s office.

Gloversville police charged Jones April 8 after they said he robbed a bar and threatened to kill two people.

Police said the 1:30 a.m. incident occurred at the Sacandaga Elks, 120 Washington St. Police said Jones, a patron at the establishment, waited until the other patrons left before striking up a conversation with the bartender and another woman. The conversation led to Jones threatening to kill the pair if the bartender did not cooperate by opening the cash register and giving him money from it, police said.

During the incident, police said, Jones took a phone from one of the victims so police could not be immediately contacted.

In another case Thursday, Tina M. Cole, 41, of Yale Street, Gloversville, was sentenced by Hoye to five years of a conditional discharge. She also received 500 hours community service.

The sentence was based on a plea arrangement made Wednesday in County Court before Hoye in which the defendant pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny.

Cole was arrested Nov. 26 by state police. She allegedly attempted to steal ownership of a property retirement account in Gloversville involving more than $45,000.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at