Stealing refrigerator nets prison term



The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN —An Oneida County man who stole a refrigerator from a city motel and sold it is going to state prison for up to three years.

Toby F. Wilson, 41, of 10 Matts Drive, Taberg, was sentenced Dec. 10 in Fulton County Court by Judge Polly A. Hoye to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison, as a second felony offender.

He also must make $80 restitution, as part of his plea arrangement.

Wilson’s sentence was a result of his Oct. 5 guilty plea to one count of third-degree attempted burglary.

Johnstown police arrested the defendant at 3:45 p.m. March 18. He was charged with one felony count of third-degree burglary and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

Police said Wilson stole a refrigerator from the Super 8 Motel, 301 N. Comrie Ave., and sold it. He was arrested at the motel.

In other recent County Court cases:

∫ Robert J. Adami, 36, of Third Avenue, Gloversville, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 before Hoye to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive one to three years in state prison.

Adami was charged by state police on July 23 with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, with a previous conviction.

∫ Derek Smith, 49, of Van Aernam Avenue, Schenectady, pleaded guilty Dec. 13 before Hoye to one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was delayed until later, but Smith is expected to receive 2 1/2 years in state prison and two years post-release supervision, as a second felony offender.

Smith was arrested Oct. 15 by the Gloversville Police Department as part of a crime prevention initiative in the city. Police said the most significant drug-related arrest came from a traffic stop when the passenger of a vehicle, Smith, was found to be in possession of 13.7 grams of cocaine. Police said the cocaine found in his possession had a street value of over $1,300. Officers said Smith also had $1,000 in cash in his possession.

∫ Christopher T. Insonia, 51, of 6 Montgomery St. Apartment 2, Gloversville, pleaded guilty Dec. 14 before Hoye to one felony driving while intoxicated count, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive six months of weekends in the County Jail, a $1,000 fine and a driver’s license revocation.

Insonia was charged with felony DWI by Gloversville police at 7:45 p.m. Aug. 9. Police received a vehicle complaint regarding a possibly intoxicated driver. Officers located the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop on Washington Street, and Insonia was identified as the driver. During the course of investigation, police found Insonia had a prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years, making the current DWI a felony.

∫ Michael D. Foley, of 31 S. William St., Apartment 6, Johnstown, pleaded guilty Dec. 13 before Hoye to one count of attempted making a terrorist threat, as part of a plea arrangement.

He is expected to be sentenced later to five years probation and an order of protection was granted.

Foley was arrested at 9:05 a.m. April 17 by Johnstown police on charges of felony terroristic threat and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Police said he was charged at 161 Union Ave. for allegedly making a threat to blow up Benjamin Moore paint company. He then went to the business and allegedly damaged a flag pole, police said.

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

By Josh Bovee

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