Man gets prison time for felony possession


JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man arrested last summer in Johnstown with two co-defendants and various drugs was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to 3 1/2 years in state prison.

Shon Lewis-Matthews, 22, of 86 E. Pine St., was sentenced by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye, as part of a plea arrangement.

He also received three years post-release supervision, a $450 forfeiture, and a driver’s license suspension.

Sentencing was based on Lewis-Matthews’ March 12 guilty plea before Hoye to one felony count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Lewis-Matthews was one of three people arrested by the Johnstown Police Department on felonies June 24, 2018 after 55 grams of cocaine, 15 grams of marijuana, and assorted pills were allegedly found in their vehicle. Also arrested were Garth M. Logan of 1101 Hickory Hill Road, Fort Plain; and an unidentified male juvenile, whose name wasn’t released due to his age.

In a news release, Johnstown police said the three suspects were arrested at 1:25 a.m. on North Perry Street. Police said a police patrol observed the three suspects acting “suspicious” in a vehicle parked in a lot.

Lewis-Matthews was arrested on charges of felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violations.

Police said an officer approached the vehicle the three suspects were in and observed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, police said 55 grams of crack and powder cocaine, 15 grams of marijuana, along with several assorted pills, were located.

In another recent County Court case, Grant M. Padgett, 36, of Prospect Avenue, Gloversville, was sentenced Thursday by Hoye to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He was sentenced as a second felony offender. An order of protection was also issued for his victim.

The sentence resulted from Padgett’s March 19 guilty plea to second-degree attempted assault.

Padgett was charged with second-degree strangulation, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing by Gloversville police on Feb. 16 at 2:13 a.m.

Officers responded to a report of a domestic violence incident, making contact with a female victim on arrival who stated she was attacked by Padgett. During the course of investigation, police learned Padgett grabbed the female victim by the neck, covered her mouth and nose with his hands, restrained her on the floor and prevented her from calling 911 by destroying her cell phone.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.