Man who shot at police gets prison for burglary

JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville man who exchanged gunfire with city police officers in 1993 and was charged last summer on new burglary and weapon charges is heading back to state prison.

Raymond M. Greenfield Jr., 40, of 11 Eighth Ave., was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to two to four years in prison. He was sentenced as a second felony offender by Judge Richard C. Giardino.

The sentence was based of Greenfield’s Nov. 28 guilty plea to one count of third-degree burglary.

Greenfield was charged Aug. 3 by Johnstown police in connection with a burglary at Red’s Service and Repair, 479 N. Perry St. He also faced counts related to other area burglaries. He was initially charged with third-degree burglary, petit larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Local authorities also had to deal with Greenfield during an incident on July 7, 1993.

Authorities at that time said Greenfield was a 21-year-old from Amsterdam who was out of prison on parole for burglary when he raped a woman in Gloversville. After that occurred, police said, Greenfield was southbound in a car in Johnstown when two officers tried to stop Greenfield to warn him about a blanket sticking out of his car. The blanket was hiding a shotgun.

Police said Greenfield led the officers on a chase across Route 30A and to a cul-de-sac on South Perry Street. He fired at officers with a 12-gauge shotgun and abandoned his vehicle there. City police fired back, but Greenfield dodged them and escaped. He gave himself up two days later.

He was later convicted in County Court of first-degree rape and reckless endangerment, serving several years in state prison before being released and coming back to the area.

In other County Court action this week:

Gary A. Robinson, 31, of Miller Street, Johnstown, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

A three-count county grand jury indictment against Robinson opened Aug. 22 stated Robinson sold cocaine to a confidential informant in Gloversville.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is scheduled to receive three years in state prison as part of a plea arrangement.

Matthew Chest, 29, of 19 N. Melcher St., Johnstown, was sentenced Tuesday by Giardino to 3 1/2 years in state prison and restitution in a drug case.

The sentence, part of a plea arrangement, was based on Chest’s Dec. 13 guilty plea to a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Chest was arrested July 20 and indicted by a grand jury in September.

He was one of four men authorities said were involved in incidents in Gloversville and Meco involving a drug sale, foot pursuit and a car chase.

Chest initially was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said he sold a half-ounce of cocaine to an undercover officer for $1,100 on July 19.

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