Guilty plea given in gun case
JOHNSTOWN – A man who Gloversville police said threw a backpack containing a handgun out a window last September pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fulton County Court and will go to state prison.
Ricardo Charles, 23, pleaded guilty before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon as part of a plea arrangement.
Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Charles is expected to receive two to four years in state prison.
He was arrested Sept. 11 by Gloversville police, who said a report of trespassing led to Charles being arrested after he threw a backpack containing a handgun out a window. Police said officers responded to 8 Second Ave. for a report of a trespass in progress. Upon arrival, police said, officers were directed to the third floor. After officers entered the apartment, police said they found Charles alone and removed him.
Police said witnesses saw a backpack being thrown out of the third-story window. Officers found a handgun in the backpack and other property belonging to Charles, who at the time was wanted on a warrant out of Schenectady.
In other recent County Court cases:
Eric S. Taylor, 20, of 54 Forest St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as part of a plea arrangement.
Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive one year in the county jail.
Taylor was arrested Dec. 28 after police said he stole prescription pills and tried to sell them on Christmas night, police said. He was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, as well as petit larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree criminal mischief, all misdemeanors.
Police said the larceny charge came from an investigation into the theft of prescription pills from a residence at 54 Forest St. Police said Taylor stole the pills from a person living with him and tried to sell them to another person on Christmas night.
Taylor was found sleeping at a residence on Third Street on Dec. 28 and transported to the station, where he was interviewed and charged.
During processing, Taylor became combative and intentionally damaged a wall at the station, which led to the criminal-mischief charge, police said.
Two Mayfield men pleaded guilty Friday of threatening to use a weapon in an attempt to steal money at the county’s tourism center last fall.
Joshua P. Moore, 24, and Samuel T. Moore, 20, each pleaded guilty as co-defendants before Hoye to one count of third-degree attempted robbery.
Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but they are each expected to receive 1 1/3 to four years in state prison as part of plea arrangements.
State police arrested the Moores on Oct. 18, charging them with first-degree attempted robbery, endangering the welfare of a child and petit larceny.
State police said troopers received a complaint of an attempted robbery at Fulton County’s Gateway to the Adirondacks Visitor Center at 3687 Route 30 in Vail Mills. Troopers said the Moores threatened the use of a weapon to try to steal the victim’s money. The victim was able to give a description of the two men and the Moores were found during a search of the area, state police said.
Adam J. Winney, 22, of Fishhouse Road, Broadalbin, was sentenced Friday by Judge Giardino to three years of participation in the county Drug Court program. He must also make $1,200 in restitution.
The sentence was based on Winney’s Oct. 15 guilty plea to one count of third-degree burglary.
He was arrested Jan. 22, 2013, by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.