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Woman sentenced for lies in case

Stabbing-death probe remains open

March 21, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The last of three women convicted of lying and withholding information in the July 2010 Gloversville stabbing death of Brian L. Morrison was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court to jail time.

Kayla Bowman, 23, of 81 E. Main St., was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to 20 days in the county jail as part of a plea arrangement. She also received three years of probation.

Sentencing was based on Bowman's Jan. 6 guilty plea to one count of third-degree hindering prosecution.

An indictment from a county grand jury in July 2011 charged Bowman; Rebecca Abraham, 37, of Warren Road, Mayfield; and Stephanie Moore, 20, of 162 Bleecker St., Gloversville.

Bowman had faced charges of punishable false written statement and two counts of third-degree hindering prosecution.

The indictment accused the women of lying about and concealing facts related to the Morrison case. The investigation into Morrison's death remains open.

Abraham was sentenced by Hoye in September to 30 days in the county jail, three years of probation and a $200 surcharge. Sentencing was based on her July 29 guilty plea to one count of third-degree hindering prosecution.

Moore also previously pleaded guilty to one count of felony first-degree perjury, and last October she received 90 days in the county jail and five years of probation.

In an interview with The Leader-Herald the day after the July 6, 2010, stabbing death of Morrison, Moore said she was walking along her street when she found Morrison on the terrace near 147 Bleecker St. She told a reporter she was the one who called police and that she did not see or hear anything unusual before finding Morrison.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira has said the three women lied to police and omitted facts related to the events that led to Morrison's death, specifically involving 27-year-old Derrick Paul of Gloversville.

Authorities said in October 2010 that multiple witnesses reported seeing Paul punch Morrison to the ground that night. Paul has not been arrested in the case, but police labeled him a "person of interest" in fall 2010.

Sira has said the women were friends with Paul and withheld information to protect him.

In other County Court cases Thursday:

Keith M. Trickler, 28, of Route 29, Johnstown, pleaded guilty before Hoye to one count of failure to register as a sex offender as part of a plea arrangement. Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive one year in the county jail.

He was arrested Sept. 21 by Gloversville police for failing to register.

Trickler was convicted of second-degree rape in March 2005 in a case involving an 11-year-old girl.

Earl R. Wilcox, 22, of Palatine Bridge pleaded guilty before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one count of felony driving while intoxicated as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive one to three years in state prison.

 
 

 

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