Teen gets up to 6 years in prison

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville teenager accused last fall of several drug and theft crimes — but convicted of a felony strong-arm robbery — is headed to prison for up to six years.

Levoster G. Chandler Jr., 18, of 108 Washington St., was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court by Judge Polly A. Hoye to two to six years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He must also make restitution of $434.

Chandler pleaded guilty March 21 to one felony count of third-degree robbery.

Gloversville police late last year indicated he was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, petit larceny, and two counts of third-degree robbery.

Police said events involving Chandler began on Nov. 18 when officers were called to a downtown Gloversville business for a report of a stolen tip jar. The patrol officer that responded identified the suspect — captured on businesses surveillance systems — as Chandler.

On Nov. 26, police said they were called about a strong-arm robbery in the area of North Main and Fremont streets. Officers said that on the basis of an interview with the victim, they identified a suspect. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Chandler for both the robbery and the larceny of the tip jar.

On Nov. 30, police were called about another strong-arm robbery on North Main Street near the intersection with Fourth Avenue. Officers first on the scene were able to identify the suspect, Chandler, using private and city-owned surveillance cameras. This is the robbery for which the defendant was convicted.

City police, with the help of state police, conducted an extensive search for Chandler, later located at a Washington Street residence.

Police said he possessed both crack cocaine and prescription drugs.

In other recent County Court cases:

∫ Shane R.R. LaPort, 22, of 992 County Highway 123, Northville, was sentenced Monday by Hoye to one to three years in state prison and restitution of $1,350 as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on his Feb. 10 guilty plea to one felony count of third-degree burglary.

LaPort was arrested May 16 by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies with 10 counts related to the burglaries after authorities said a DNA match linked him to burglaries committed five years ago.

He was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, one count of third-degree criminal mischief, one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, and four counts of petit larceny.

Deputies said LaPort was charged by sheriff’s investigators for numerous burglaries committed in 2012 in the Northampton area. He was arrested after his DNA was matched with DNA at the scene of the burglaries, deputies said.

∫ Catherine Matuk, 25, of 19 Woodside Ave., Gloversville, was sentenced Thursday by Hoye to 10 days in the county jail, five years probation, and restitution of $5,438.

Sentencing was part of a guilty plea arrangement reached Jan. 18 to one felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Matuk was arrested Jan. 6, 2016, by Gloversville police, charged with that count. Officers said Matuk was an employee at Peebles Department Store on Route 30A in Johnstown. Police said she used customers’ credit card numbers to make purchases for herself at the store.

∫ John Gifford, 50, of Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, was sentenced Tuesday by Hoye to five years probation, a $2,000 fine, license revocation, and installation of an interlock device, as part of a plea arrangement.

Gifford pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to one count of felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was arrested July 15.

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

By Chad Fleck

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