Man indicted in mother’s death in Ephratah
EPHRATAH – A man charged in July with killing his mother was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury on five counts, including second-degree murder, according to the district attorney’s office.
James F. Dibble, 29, was indicted on second-degree murder, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.
Police arrested and charged Dibble with second-degree murder July 2 in the death of his mother, Gwenda L. Lisman, 58, who was found July 1 at 11:19 a.m. by a neighbor at Lisman’s home at 227 Mud Road, authorities said.
The criminal possession charges stem from Dibble being in possession of stolen property consisting of jewelry belonging to Lisman and NASCAR collectibles belonging to Jeffrey Snell, according to the district attorney’s office.
Dibble is accused of pawning the items for his own benefit, according to the the district attorney’s office. According to the indictment, each of the items exceeded $1,000.
The lesser count of criminal possession of stolen property stemmed from the sale of a Husqvarna chainsaw belonging to Snell.
Authorities said Dibble shot his mother in the head with a rifle she borrowed from a neighbor to deal with a rodent problem in her garden.
According to the indictment, the killing took place between June 30 and July 1.
Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey previously said Dibble and his mother may have been arguing over money and had a “tumultuous relationship.”
If convicted of second-degree murder, Dibble could face 25 years to life in prison, District Attorney Louise Sira said.
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