JOHNSTOWN - A 19-year-old Gloversville man implicated in several area burglaries this year will be going to state prison for three to nine years.
Joseph R. Ryle III, 19, of 43 First Ave., pleaded guilty Wednesday before Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to two felony counts of third-degree burglary in full satisfaction of several charges against him in other jurisdictions.
He is slated to be sentenced by Hoye Dec. 14, as part of a plea agreement, to three to nine years in state prison, and he is to make unspecified restitution.
Ryle was arrested three times this year, most recently on Sept. 3, when he was charged by Gloversville police with second-degree burglary. Police said he was involved in a burglary at a residence in which several long firearms were stolen.
Police had initially requested assistance from the community in locating Ryle after difficulty in initial attempts in late August and early September. Because of a tip, Ryle was later located at 215 N. Main St. and taken into custody.
Prior to that arrest, Fulton County sheriff's deputies said Ryle was one of three people accused of breaking into the Gloversville Moose Club off East State Street in the town of Johnstown in March, with intent to steal property.
Johnstown police also charged Ryle, along with two others, on April 6 in connection with a 3 p.m. break-in at Daily Mart, 464 N. Perry St. Police said the suspects took glass smoking pipes and four cartons of cigarettes. Ryle was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary and petit larceny in that break-in.
In other County Court cases Wednesday:
- David K. Wolter, 33, of Dolgeville, pleaded guilty before Hoye to one count of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, in full satisfaction of previous charges. Sentencing was adjourned until Dec. 13, but he is expected to receive six months in the county jail and five years of probation, as well as a $375 fine, as part of a plea agreement.
State police at Fonda charged Wolter Sept. 3 after a trooper saw marijuana plants at an Oppenheim residence.
Wolter initially was charged with felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of 125 milliliters of a hallucinogen, second-degree criminal possession of more than 16 ounces of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also was charged with misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful growing of cannabis and a violation count of unlawful possession of marijuana.
State police said troopers received an anonymous report about unlawful growing of marijuana. A trooper responded to 223 Lotville Road, where he immediately noticed an odor of marijuana when exiting his patrol car, state police said.
The trooper could see marijuana plants out in the open to the right of the residence, state police said.
- Andrew J. Williams, 26, of 100 S. Perry St., Johnstown, pleaded guilty before Judge Richard C. Giardino to felony counts of driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is slated to be ordered to participate in the county Drug Court program and face a 12-month driver's license revocation, installation of an ignition interlock device and pay a $2,000 fine.
Williams escaped injury, but he was ticketed on seven counts after his car slammed into a power pole in June on Route 67 in the town of Johnstown. Deputies said Williams was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for a stop sign.
He was charged with felony DWI, felony aggravated DWI, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to stop for a stop sign, imprudent speed and failure to keep right.
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