Teen gets prison sentence

JOHNSTOWN – One of four defendants charged in connection with the April stabbing of a teen in the city was sentenced Monday in Fulton County Court to up to four years in state prison.

Robert N. Guist, 19, of 54 Academy St., Amsterdam, was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to 1 1/3 to four years in prison, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on the defendant’s Sept. 11 guilty plea to one felony count of third-degree burglary.

Guist and three others were arrested by Johnstown police in April in connection with an incident involving the stabbing of Christopher R. Kenney Jr., 18, of Johnstown.

Also charged in the incident were: Guist’s brother – Joshua L. Guist, 18, of 54 Academy St., Amsterdam; Jared-Corey F. Maye, 20, of 6 Milton Ave., Amsterdam; and Michael A. Rote, 46, of 88 Honeywell Corners Road, Broadalbin.

Johnstown police said the four were charged in connection with an incident at 11:30 p.m. April 14. Police said Police said Maye and the Guist brothers entered an apartment at 34 S. Melcher St. Police said the three took a home security safe and began to flee the residence. Rote was the getaway driver parked down the street, according to police.

During a confrontation, police said one of the Guist brothers stabbed Kenney four times in the back with a knife. People in the apartment took Kenney to Nathan Littauer Hospital, and from there he was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was later discharged.

Rote has already been sentenced to a year in the county jail stemming from the incident. Maye faces one to three years in state prison as part of a plea, The disposition of the Joshua L. Guist case was unknown Tuesday.

In other court action Monday:

Rashaun D. “Trey” Clinton, 24, of Gloversville, was sentenced by Hoye to one to three years in state prison. He was also fined $870, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on Clinton’s Sept. 17 guilty plea to one count of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

Gloversville police charged Clinton after an investigation into a report that another man was pistol whipped as his life was threatened. He was originally charged in January with second-degree menacing.

Police said reports claimed Clinton struck the man in the head with the gun, pointed it at him, and threatened to kill him before leaving the scene in an unknown vehicle and being found on Park Street.