Woman gets jail for robbery

JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville woman who robbed a convenience store with a BB gun in March was sentenced recently in Fulton County Court to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison.

Velvet I. Reed-Fulton, 29, of 25 Helwig St., was sentenced June 4 by Judge Polly A. Hoye as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on the defendant’s April 19 guilty plea to a felony robbery.

Reed-Fulton was charged by Gloversville police March 7 with second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal use of a firearm, both felonies, and second-degree menacing and petit larceny, both misdemeanors.

Police said Reed-Fulton robbed a Cumberland Farms convenience store on North Main Street in Gloversville with a high-powered BB gun at about 10 p.m. March 6. The clerk told police a woman entered the store alone and waited until the one customer in the building left before showing what appeared to be a handgun and demanding money. The clerk handed over about $120, police said.

After interviewing the clerk, police searched a four-block area near the store. About 15 minutes later, police found a woman fitting the description of the suspect on a porch in the area of Third Avenue and Yale Street. The store clerk later identified Reed-Fulton as the same person who robbed the store, police said. Police later found the money and weapon in the area.

No one was injured in the robbery.

In other recent County Court cases:

Randy J. Hollenbeck, 50, of 2366 Route 29, Johnstown, was sentenced Thursday by Hoye to one year in the county jail and a $2,000 fine, as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty April 20 to a felony driving while intoxicated count.

He was charged by Gloversville police at 11:12 p.m. Dec. 20 after a traffic stop on South Main Street. Police initially charged him with felony DWI and operating a motor vehicle without headlights. He had been previously convicted of DWI on Nov. 16, 2009, in Gloversville, which led to the felony DWI.

Robert E. Steele, 44, of Grand Street, Johnstown, pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one count of third-degree burglary, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until later, but Steele is due to receive six months in jail, five years probation and pay unspecified restitution.

He was arrested Jan. 5 by state police and charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, after a cigarette connected him to a crime scene.

In June, troopers received a report of a possible burglary at a camp in the town of Edinburg. A man said he noticed the rear door was kicked in and the inside of the camp was ransacked, police said. Old record turntables and several antique books were missing, police said.

Police said a trooper noticed a cigarette butt inside the camp and secured it as evidence. The trooper was told no one smoked in the camp.

In July, troopers located the vehicle described by witnesses, police said. In August, troopers interviewed Steele. Steele provided a DNA sample for comparison to the DNA profile obtained from the cigarette butt, police said. A report later matched Steele’s DNA to the DNA from the cigarette butt, police said.

Steele denied any involvement in the crime and could not explain how his DNA was found at the crime scene, police said.

Tammy E. Young, 43, of 43 Cayadutta St., pleaded guilty Friday before Giardino to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She was charged April 1 with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

The endangering charge, police said, stems from Worley’s 2-year-old daughter being in the apartment while crack cocaine was sold and other drugs, including heroin, were used.

John S. Greenfield, 33, of 128 Route 29A, town of Mayfield, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Hoye to one count of second-degree attempted assault.

Sentencing was adjourned until later, but he is expected to receive six months in the county jail and five years probation as part of a plea arrangement.

Fulton County sheriff’s deputies charged Greenfield Oct. 19 with second-degree assault after he allegedly threw a rubber mallet at his wife, knocking out two of her teeth, deputies said.

LeRaye Atwood, 35, of Alexander St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Hoye to one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud.

Sentencing was adjourned until later, but he is expected to receive unspecified jail time and five years probation, as part of a plea arrangement.

She was arrested Aug. 27, charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud. Authorities said it was determined Atwood applied for county Department of Social Services benefits and failed to list all income and her spouse in the household. She received $10,131 in temporary assistance benefits and $6,379 in SNAP benefits.

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