FONDA — Michael Darling of Gloversville is being sought on murder charges by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies say he is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Darling, 44, has been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Kristine. He is additionally charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of tampering with evidence.
A Montgomery County Grand Jury handed up the four-count indictment on Friday. A warrant has been issued for Darling’s arrest, according to the Sheriff’sDepartment.
Investigators say Darling left his home on Thursday after learning of the grand jury proceedings and has not returned. Law enforcement officials are seeking information from the public regarding Darling’s whereabouts.
Darling had previously been identified by police as a person of interest in the death of his wife.
Kristine M. Howland Darling, 44, the mother of a teenage daughter, died at her Fort Johnson home on Feb. 6, 2019. Darling claimed she died by suicide. Police continued to actively investigate the incident involving a shotgun in the years since.
Darling later faced federal charges after pipe bombs were found during a welfare check at his Gloversville home on Feb. 12, 2021.
In October 2021, Darling pleaded to illegally possessing firearms and unlawful possession of six pipe bombs in federal court. In March 2022, he was sentenced to what was supposed to be a three-year term in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.
But Darling was released on May 8 of this year after serving just over a year in prison, according to records with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Anyone with information regarding Darling is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department at (518) 853-5500, dial 911 or call their local law enforcement.
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