Child rapist gets 10 years in prison

JOHNSTOWN – An Edinburg man convicted of raping a child was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to 10 years in state prison.

Paul W. LaPort Jr., 39, of 91 Tange Road, also was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to 10 years post-release supervision, as part of a plea arrangement.

The sentence was based on the defendant’s Feb. 10 guilty plea to one felony count of first-degree rape.

LaPort was arrested Jan. 2 by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies in the town of Northampton following a sexual offense. He was charged for engaging in sexual intercourse with a female younger than age 11.

In other County Court cases this week:

Todd M. Harwood, 35, of Gloversville, was sentenced Wednesday by Hoye to two to four years in state prison, as a second-felony offender, as part of a plea arrangement.

The sentence was based on his Jan. 29 guilty plea before Hoye to one felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of illegally taking a deer.

Harwood was arrested Oct. 23 by state police and state Department of Environmental Conservation officers. DEC police said Harwood was charged with three counts of illegally killing a deer, three counts of possessing a pistol while muzzle-loader hunting and exceeding the bag limit for deer. Harwood also was charged with three violations of hunting deer over bait.

Amy L. Weber, 42, of 101 Washington St., Johnstown, pleaded guilty Thursday before Hoye to one felony count of driving while intoxicated, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until May 14, but she is expected to receive five years probation and a $1,000 fine.

Weber was arrested June 26. She was indicted Dec. 20 by a county grand jury on charges of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and felony DWI.

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