Man pleads guilty to Rail Trail assault

JOHNSTOWN – A man who Gloversville police said assaulted another man with a rock on the Rail Trail last summer will be spending a year in jail.

Joshua J. Coadney, 36, of 11 Carpenter St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Fulton County Court before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one felony count of second-degree assault.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive one year in the county jail, as part of a plea arrangement.

Coadney was indicted Jan. 14 by a county grand jury. He was arrested July 11 by by Gloversville police, charged with one felony count of second-degree assault and second-degree menacing.

Police accused Coadney of hitting a 49-year-old man in the back of the head with a rock on the Rail Trail, near South Main and Broad streets. Gloversville police Detective Michael Jory said police were investigating a report of a stabbing around 7:45 p.m. on the section of the trail. Police said the original report was a male being stabbed in the head. Authorities were given a description of the suspect at the scene and he was seen in the parking lot of Country Farms. Because the assault was reported as a stabbing, officers took the suspect into custody at gunpoint.

Police said the victim stated he was lured outside and onto the Rail Trail by Coadney.

Once there, police said, Coadney accused him of assaulting a female, then grabbed a rock and struck the victim. He then pulled out a knife and threatened the victim with it, police said. The victim suffered a laceration to the back of the head that required staples. The incident was called in to police by the victim’s girlfriend.

Authorities said the victim walked away and went to a nearby residence for help. After an interview, the victim was transported to the hospital for treatment and was later released.

According to previous reports in The Leader-Herald, Coadney was arrested in May 2011 for menacing and reckless endangerment after two people said he struck them with a hammer. He also was arrested in July 2012 after a fight in the Cayadutta Creek.

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