Man gets prison for possession

JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville man who police said possessed cocaine with intent to sell last summer was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court to four years in state prison.

Freddie J. Barksdale, 38, of 19 Market St., was sentenced by Judge Richard C. Giardino to the prison time as part of a plea arrangement. He also received two years post-release supervision and restitution.

He was arrested Aug. 30, and indicted by a county grand jury Nov. 26.

Barksdale was indicted on counts of: felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Gloversville police charged Barksdale on Aug. 30. City and state police executed a search warrant at Barksdale’s address, where investigators and detectives found cocaine, marijuana and equipment used to package and weigh the drugs for sale, police said at the time.

The indictment indicated Barksdale possessed 600 milligrams of cocaine with “intent to sell it.” The indictment also accused the defendant of possessing a tablet of benzylpiperazine, a stimulant.

In another County Court case, Brent S. Alling Sr., 44, of 127 Delaney Road, town of Mayfield, was sentenced Tuesday by Giardino to one year conditional discharge and assessed a $500 fine.

Alling, whose wife’s dead body was found in June 2012 in a remote section of Mayfield, was on trial in early June for two counts, including one for allegedly assaulting her. He faced misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and third-degree assault at trial. He was indicted by a county grand jury in July 2013.

But Giardino threw out the assault charge, leaving just the DWI, although the jury convicted Alling of a lesser count of driving while ability impaired.

Alling was charged June 5, 2013, by state police with DWI. Following the indictment, District Attorney Louise Sira said Alling was also accused in the assault count of biting his now-deceased wife, 54-year-old Kathryn Jackson Alling, on the left forearm. Kathryn Alling’s naked, bruised body was found the morning of June 4, 2012, on Tyrrell Road by town employees collecting garbage.

Sira said the medical examiner was not able to determine the cause of death. She said a 2013 grand jury reviewed allegations Alling improperly placed his wife’s body on Tyrrell Road, but grand jurors chose not to indict him.