FC Court: Man pleads guilty to robbery

JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville man admitted in Fulton County Court on Tuesday to robbing a convenience store in March and is slated to receive up to six years in state prison.

Jimmy C. Murray Sr., 46, of 43 Cayadutta St., pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive three to six years in state prison.

Murray was arrested April 1 by Gloversville police for the March 26 robbery of the LukOil GasMart convenience store on North Main Street. Police said he entered the store at 6:25 a.m. armed with a box cutter and demanded cash from the register. He left the store with about $200 in cash, police said. No one was hurt in the robbery.

He was arrested at his apartment, charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny. Officers later found items at Murray’s apartment linking him to the robbery, police said.

In other recent county court action:

Sterling Davis, 31, of 24 Sixth Ave., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance before Judge Richard C. Giardino, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Davis is expected to receive six years in state prison.

According to Gloversville police, Davis was arrested Feb. 28 on a county grand jury indictment handed up to Giardino. He was initially charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, all felonies.

Noel L. Clemons of Gloversville was sentenced Wednesday by Giardino to two to four years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on her March 4 guilty plea to one felony count of third-degree burglary. She was sentenced as a second felony offender. She must also make $500 restitution.

She was arrested Jan. 20 on charges of second-degree burglary, possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny.

James E. Anderson, 38, of 117 E. Clinton St., Apartment C, Johnstown, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Polly A. Hoye to two to four years in state prison as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty March 12 to fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny. He had been indicted by a county grand jury on the same charges.

Anderson was arrested Dec. 21 by Johnstown police. The indictment says on Dec. 5 he stole a credit card or debit card from the pocketbook of a patron at Partner’s Pub, 21 S. William St., Johnstown. The indictment also said he stole $100 in cash from the pocketbook.

Tara L. Hoyt, 34, of Mayfield, was sentenced Wednesday by Hoye to one year in the county jail as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on her March 13 guilty plea to one count of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Gloversville police said Hoyt, whose last known address was 41 Parkwood Ave., was charged Nov. 26 with charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor.

Police said she threatened another woman with a shotgun on East State Street. Police said they arrived and learned Hoyt had retreated to the upstairs apartment and was refusing to come out. After a brief stand-off, officers were able to convince her to come outside, police said.

Patrick J. Higgs, 30, of 82 Fremont St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Giardino to third-degree rape as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive 1 1/2 years in state prison, with three years post-release supervision.

Higgs was arrested by Gloversville police Feb. 12 on one felony count of third-degree rape. He was charged with the the rape of a 15 year-old girl after he had intercourse with her several times in November and December of last year, police said. Third degree rape is commonly known as statutory rape.

Police said Higgs didn’t force the juvenile into the sexual acts, but due to the victim’s age and inability to provide legal consent, he was charged with rape. Police said the girl was living within close proximity to Higgs which is how the incidents between the two developed.

Ernest C. McMikle, 27, of Amsterdam, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Giardino 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 two years in state prison and one year of post-release supervision.

McMikle was charged Feb. 4 by state police. He was initially charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and various vehicle and traffic infractions.

According to troopers, McMikle was stopped on Route 30 in Perth for multiple traffic infractions. Troopers said they smelled marijuana inside the vehicle. McMikle handed them a bag containing a small amount of marijuana, troopers said. They also found he had 18.5 grams of crack cocaine, troopers said.

Monte Joe Esposito Jr., 38, of Franklin St., Fonda, was sentenced by Giardino to eight weekends in the county jail as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty March 3 to failure to register as a sex offender.

He was arrested Sept. 27 in Gloversville.

Shawn D. Henderson, 33, of 196 Sacandaga Road, was sentenced Monday to six months in the county jail and five years probation as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty March 3 to felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and reckless driving.

He was charged Feb. 14 by Johnstown police as the result of an attempted traffic stop.

Henderson was charged with DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to comply, speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, and nine other vehicle and traffic charges.

Police said officers attempted to stop Henderson after seeing him fail to stop for a stop sign. During the stop, police said, he left the city of Johnstown and headed to LaGrange Road, where he stopped and exited the car before running into a wooded area.

He was found and arrested, police said.

Amy L. Weber, 42, of 101 Washington St., Johnstown, was sentenced Wednesday by Hoye to five years probation and a $1,000 fine as part of a plea arrangement.

She pleaded guilty April 17 before Hoye to one felony count of DWI.

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.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.