Man gets prison time

JOHNSTOWN – An Amsterdam man accused with two others of stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment from a town of Johnstown property a year ago was sentenced Thursday to one to three years in state prison.

Jonathan M. Murphy, 21, of Midline Road, Amsterdam, was sentenced in Fulton County Court by Judge Richard C. Giardino as part of a plea arrangement.

The sentence stems from Murphy’s March 19 guilty plea to one felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Murphy was one of three men arrested by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 15, accused of taking about $3,000 worth of tools and equipment from a location on Maloney Road in the town. Also charged then were: Michael T. Blowers, 21, of Midline Road, Amsterdam; and Ryan M. Brown, 22, of Dean Street, Amsterdam.

Deputies initially charged the three with burglary, two counts of grand larceny and criminal trespass.

Blowers and Brown previously pleaded guilty before Giardino on Feb. 28 to felony grand larceny, also working out a one to three-year sentence in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement.

Man sentenced

In another County Court case on Friday, Walter J. Albino, 24, 7 Willard St., Amsterdam, was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison as a second-felony offender.

Albino’s sentence was part of an arrangement worked out when he pleaded guilty June 19 to one felony count of first-degree criminal contempt.

He was arrested Sept. 29 by state police in a contempt case, for which details were not released.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

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