Gloversville man sentenced for stabbing neighbor to death

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Adam Mitchell – Fulton County District Attorney’s Office

JOHNSTOWN Adam W. Mitchell of Gloversville was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison Tuesday in Fulton County Court after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder for killing his Gloversville neighbor.

Mitchell was also convicted of the first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, according to a press release from Fulton County Acting District Attorney Amanda Nellis.

Mitchell was first arrested and charged in early 2021 after police said he stabbed and killed his neighbor, Joseph Robert Hoyt, 39, of 207 N. Main St., Apt 3B, on March 27, 2021.

Police officers found Hoyt dead in the hallway of 207 N. Main St., according to prior information provided by the district attorney’s office. 

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Court documents stated that Mitchell had possession of the knife that he intentionally used to stab Hoyt multiple times in his torso, which perforated his heart, resulting in hemorrhaging that caused his death.

There had been tension building between Mitchell and Hoyt the week prior to the stabbing, according to the release. 

“Throughout the trial the defendant claimed he was acting in self-defense,” the release read. 

The assault conviction carries a sentence of seven years in prison and five years post release supervision and the weapons conviction carries a sentencing of 2/13 to seven years in prison. 

The sentences will run concurrently, according to the release. 

Mitchell’s attorney Kyle Davis, of Johnstown, said he would not comment on the case. 

“We just filed a notice to appeal,” he said.

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By Shenandoah Briere

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