Gloversville man receives one-year sentence


JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who police said attacked a neighbor with a hammer and axe last spring was sentenced Tuesday to one year in the Fulton County Jail.

Joshua J. Hilts, 38, of 29 Steele Ave., was sentenced by County Court Judge Louise K. Sira, as part of a plea arrangement. He also must submit a DNA sample and he was charged other fees.

Sentencing was based on the defendant’s Oct. 17 guilty plea to one felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The Gloversville Police Department arrested Hilts on April 24. He was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of second-degree attempted assault.

Officers said at the time they were called to Steele Avenue in Gloversville for a disorderly conduct complaint. During the course of the investigation, police learned Hilts struck a neighbor multiple times with a hammer during a verbal argument. A short time later, Hilts attacked the same neighbor with an axe, police said.

The victim was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital with minor injuries and was released.

In other recent County Court cases:

— Tracy Jennings, 51, of East State Street, Johnstown, was sentenced Wednesday by Sira to two to four years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement.

Jennings was arrested in June 2017, but details of the case were unavailable.

The defendant pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to one felony count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Jennings was sentenced as a second felony offender.

Jennings must also pay $462 restitution.

— Douglas R. Julian, 38, of County Highway 123, Mayfield, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 — as part of arrangement before Judge Polly A. Hoye — to one count of felony driving while intoxicated.

Sentencing was adjourned until later, but Julian is expected to receive 90 days in the county jail, a $1,000 in fines and restitution, participation in a Victim Impact Panel and he must put an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

Julian was arrested July 9 by state police on a felony DWI charge.

Troopers said at the time that state police from the Mayfield barracks were almost struck by a black Hyundai Santa Fe traveling erratically northbound on Route 30 and driven by Julian.

Troopers performed a vehicle stop and upon interview of Julian, noted the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from him.

— Mark Massacesi, 47, of Franklin Street, Gloversville, was sentenced Tuesday by Sira to five years probation, a $2,000 fine, and he must attach an ignition interlock device to his vehicle, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on his Oct. 27 guilty plea to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and felony aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Massacesi was arrested March 19.

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