By MICHAEL ANICH
JOHNSTOWN – A getaway driver charged in connection with a stabbing incident in April in Johnstown was sentenced Tuesday in Fulton County Court to a year in the county jail.
Michael A. Rote, 46, of 88 Honeywell Corners Road, Broadalbin, was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to the jail time as part of a plea arrangement.
The sentence was based on his June 27 guilty plea to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Rote and co-defendant Jared-Corey F. Maye, 20, of 6 Milton Ave., Amsterdam, were charged by Johnstown police April 17. Rote was charged at his Broadalbin home with first-degree burglary and petit larceny. Maye was charged in Amsterdam with one felony count of first-degree burglary and two misdemeanor counts of second-degree assault and petit larceny.
Police said their arrests stemmed from a stabbing incident at about 11:30 p.m. April 14. Lt. David Gilbo said at the time three males – Maye and two other suspects, brothers Robert N. Guist, 19, and Joshua L. Guist, 18, both of 54 Academy St., Amsterdam – entered an apartment at 34 S. Melcher St. Gilbo said the three took a home security safe and began to flee the residence. He said Rote was the getaway driver parked down the street.
During a confrontation with three people in the apartment, Gilbo said Christopher R. Kenney Jr., 18, of Johnstown, was stabbed four times in the back with a knife.
Gilbo said people in the apartment took Kenney to Nathan Littauer Hospital, and from there he was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was later discharged. The disposition of the other suspects’ court cases wasn’t known Wednesday.
In other court cases Tuesday before Hoye:
Donald Cooper, 54, of 280 Piseco Road, Stratford, was sentenced to five years of probation and he must make unspecified restitution, as part of a plea arrangement.
The sentence was based on his June 27 guilty plea to one count of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
He was arrested Feb. 1 by state police.
Nickie Horton, 56, of 271 Reed St., Northville, pleaded guilty to one count of driving while intoxicated.
Sentencing by Hoye was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive one year in the county jail as part of a plea arrangement.
He was arrested April 20.