Man receives prison time for DWI

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man convicted of unlicensed driver and drinking and driving offenses is headed to state prison for one to three years.

Joshua R. Gifford, 43, of Helwig Street, previously entered into a plea arrangement on May 22. He pleaded guilty before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony; and driving while intoxicated, as a misdemeanor.

Hoye sentenced Gifford on July 25 to one to three years in state prison on the aggravated unlicensed operation count. He also received a $500 fine for that count. The judge also sentenced Gifford to one year on the DWI count, to run concurrently with the other sentence.

Gifford also must attach an ignition interlock device to his vehicle and his driver’s license was revoked.

State police arrested Gifford on Aug. 2, 2018 in Johnstown, charging him with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, DWI, and having a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

In another recent County Court case, John A. Franzese, 48, of Midline Road, Ballston Spa, was sentenced by Hoye as part of a plea arrangement to one year in the county jail, a $500 fine, driver’s licensed revocation, and he must install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

The sentence was based on Franzese’s May 3 guilty plea to felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and DWI as a misdemeanor.

He was arrested July 21, 2018 by state police in Mayfield, charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving with 0.08 percent or greater blood alcohol content, DWI with a previous conviction within the last 10 years, and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle.

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

By Josh Bovee

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