Saratoga County man faces prison after threatening girlfriend with pistol

JOHNSTOWN – A Saratoga County man who two years ago threatened his then-girlfriend with a handgun was sentenced last week in Fulton County Court to two to four years in state prison.

Paul Trifilo, 48, of 81 North Shore Road, Hadley, was sentenced Sept. 15 by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to the prison time, as a second-felony offender. An order of protection was also granted for his victim, as part of a plea arrangement.

The defendant pleaded guilty to July to criminal family offense.

Trifilo was arrested by state police on Nov. 29, 2014 after troopers said he pulled a pistol during an argument. He was originally charged with criminal possession of a firearm, second-degree menacing, first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree harassment.

Troopers said Trifilo threatened his girlfriend with a .22-caliber handgun during an argument.

In other recent County Court action:

Devon M. Morby 20, of 10 North St., Gloversville, was sentenced last week by Hoye to two to six years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He must also pay restitution, provide a DNA sample, and an order of protection was granted for his victim.

Sentencing on Sept. 16 was based on Morby’s July guilty plea to one count of third-degree burglary.

Gloversville police arrested Morby on April 14, charging him with third-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Officers said they were called to a location on North Main Street in Gloversville for a report of a domestic violence incident. Police said they learned Morby forcibly entered an apartment building and stole a pair of shoes from the victim while inside. He was taken into custody without incident.

Christopher Dacorsi, 40, of 810 Bunker Hill Road, Mayfield, was sentenced Sept. 15 by Hoye to three years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He also received two years of post-release supervision, his driver’s license was suspended, and he must provide a DNA sample.

The sentence was based on Dacorsi’s guilty plea in June to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

State police arrested Dacorsi on Oct. 21, 2015 after he was found with a large amount of marijuana. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Troopers said Dacorsi was charged after an investigation of a domestic dispute when they were told Dacorsi was storing a large amount of marijuana at his residence.

A search warrant was obtained, which revealed numerous bags of the drug, state police said.

Thomas Alberts, 77, of 520 Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove, Saratoga County, was sentenced Sept. 15 by Hoye to five years probation. He must also pay an unspecified fine and submit a DNA sample, according to the plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on his June guilty plea to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

He was arrested March 25 on that charge, as well as driving while intoxicated.

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

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