Jail time meted out in dog’s death
JOHNSTOWN — A town of Bleecker woman who killed a dog and stabbed a man last year was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to two years in jail.
Rebecca J. Wesson, 57, of 150 County Highway 112, was sentenced by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to a total of two years, as part of a plea arrangement.
She pleaded guilty May 22 to felony counts of second-assault and aggravated cruelty to animals.
Wesson’s sentence was one year for the assault and a two-year sentence for animal cruelty to run concurrently in the 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 action:
∫ Brett J. Insogna, 29, of 18 Second Ave., Apt. 2, Gloversville, pleaded guilty Thursday before Hoye to one count of third-degree burglary, as part of a plea arrangement.
Sentencing was adjourned until later, but he is slated to receive two to four years in state prison. He must also make an unspecified amount of restitution.
Insogna was arrested by Fulton County sheriff’s investigators July 12 on felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree burglary.
Investigators said the arrest stems from a burglary complaint from November 2016. Insogna was charged for the burglary of M&H Auto Brokers in the town of Johnstown and the larceny of a vehicle.
∫ Stephen E. Dingman, 23, of 138 Route 29A, Gloversville, was sentenced Friday By Hoye to three years in state prison, as the result of a plea arrangement.
He also received 1 1/2 years of post-release supervision, and a six-month driver’s license suspension.
He was arrested on March 12 by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies. He was charged then with felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Deputies said he was found in a vehicle with nearly 50 grams of cocaine in the town of Caroga.
For that offense, Dingman pleaded guilty June 20 to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
He was also arrested April 10. He was charged then with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell after being taken into custody by state police. Dingman was found to possess over 47 grams of cocaine after state police conducted a traffic stop on South Main Street in Gloversville.
For that offense, he pleaded guilty June 20 to felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
∫ John Greenfield, 38, of South Main Street, Gloversville, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Hoye to counts of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and driving while ability impaired, as part of a plea.
He will be sentenced later to one to three years in state prison on the aggravated unlicensed operation and another six months in jail on the DWAI. He also received an unspecified fine, he must install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle and his driver’s license was revoked.
∫ Carl L. Bush, 38, of County Highway 122, Gloversville, was sentenced Thursday by Hoye to five years probation, as part of a plea arrangement.
Sentencing was based his May 25 guilty plea to felony third-degree grand larceny.
State police arrested Bush on Feb. 13 on a charge of third-degree grand larceny for a Nov. 29 incident.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.