JOHNSTOWN - A Broadalbin man is expected to head to state prison for four years after pleading guilty Friday in Fulton County Court in connection with a January 2012 assault.
Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said today Cory Blinsinger, 24, of Stevers Mills Road, pleaded guilty before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one count of first-degree attempted assault, a Class C violent felony offense.
Sira said Blinsinger's plea stems from an attack at 3:08 a.m. Jan. 7, 2012, on Brandon Parrow on South Judson Street in Gloversville.
The district attorney said Blinsinger struck Parrow twice in the head with a metal pole, fracturing his skull. She said the pair didn't know each other. She said Parrow has since recovered from the incident.
She said the plea was part of an arrangement in which the defendant will receive four years in state prison when sentenced at 9:30 a.m. May 14.
Sira said Blinsinger pleaded to an "attempted" assault count as "part of the process," although he was convicted of actually assaulting Parrow. She said he may have been convicted of a more severe count or counts if the victim hadn't made a full recovery.
The bottom line was that justice was served in this case, she said.
"The victim's family was extremely satisfied with the plea," Sira stated.
Blinsinger, was charged with second-degree assault by Gloversville police on Feb. 16, 2012. He was indicted in August by a county grand jury, charged with first-degree assault, first-degree attempted assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
In a prepared statement issued Saturday, Sira outlined Blinsinger's crime.
Sira noted Blinsinger was called to the scene of the assault after words were exchanged between Parrow and Blinsinger's friends at a party on Hawk Street in Gloversville.
"Blinsinger drove to Judson Street, exited his vehicle with what is believed to be a handle of a car jack and struck an unarmed and defenseless Parrow in the head twice," Sira said.
She said Parrow was transported by helicopter to the Albany Medical Center Hospital, where he was treated for an open skull fracture. Sira said the victim had a titanium plate surgically inserted into his head to aid his recovery.
"The violent nature of his attack warrants the severity of the prison sentence imposed." Sira stated. "We cannot tolerate the degree of violent behavior exhibited by Blinsinger on our streets or in our community."
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.