Bleecker woman pleads guilty to two felonies

JOHNSTOWN — A town of Bleecker woman who killed a dog and stabbed a man during a family offense late last year is headed to jail for a couple years.

Rebecca J. Wesson, 56, of 150 County Highway 112, pleaded guilty May 22 before Fulton County Court Judge Louise K. Sira to felony counts of second-degree attempted assault and aggravated cruelty to animals.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Wesson is expected to receive a one-year sentence for the assault and a two-year sentence for animal cruelty to run concurrently in county jail. An order of protection was also granted to her male victim.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department charged Wesson at 8:20 p.m. Dec. 16 at her residence with felony counts of second-degree assault and aggravated cruelty to animals.

Deputies at the time said that during a family offense between Wesson and a male in the residence, she intentionally struck a small dog multiple times with a fireplace poker, killing the dog while trying to gain access to the male locked in another room.

The male exited the room and a struggle between Wesson and the male occurred, ending with Wesson stabbing the male in the chest, causing minor injury, a release said.

In other recent County Court cases:

∫Ruth L. White, 38, of Lottville Road, Dolgeville, pleaded guilty before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye on May 11 to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was delayed until later, but she is expected to receive five years probation and she must make unspecified restitution.

State police arrested White on Jan. 28, along with a co-defendant, after troopers said they attempted to steal power tools from a town of Johnstown business. Both were charged with fourth-degree for grand larceny. Troopers said they responded to Runnings for a reported larceny. A male and female had allegedly loaded a cart with power tools, bypassed the check outs, and exited the store with the loaded cart. When approached by security in the parking lot they both fled the area. State police identified the subjects from security cameras.

∫Raymond M. Harding, 34, of Gilbert Street, Johnstown, pleaded guilty May 22 before Hoye to one felony count of driving while intoxicated, as part of a plea arrangement.

He will be sentenced later, expected to receive five years probation, $1,500 fine and surcharge, and a license revocation.

Harding was arrested by state police on at 11:02 p.m. July 19, 2017 in Mayfield. Troopers charged him with unlawful possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent, DWI, and aggravated DWI.

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