Fulton County Express
GLOVERSVILLE – A man who had previously been indicted on felony charges, including attempted murder, has accepted a plea arrangement and faces 13 years in state prison, according to Acting Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown.
Elijah P. Brown, 25, formerly of 13 N. Water St., pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault in Fulton County Court last week before Judge Polly A. Hoye as part of a plea arrangement.
According to the release, Brown will be sentenced to 13 years in state prison along with five years of post-release supervision. The charge is connected to a previous assault and burglary that occurred in Gloversville last summer.
Brown had previously been indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury on the charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary that causes physical injury, first-degree burglary with the use of a dangerous instrument, first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, the matter was scheduled for a trial starting May 31, 2016 but that was postponed on the day the trial and it was rescheduled to Aug. 1, 2016.
The case stemmed from a July 7, 2015 incident where Brown had entered a residence on Spring Street and severely assaulted a female with a large frying pan, causing serious injury to the female. Authorities said following the attack he fled the area and evidence was collected at the scene that linked Brown to the crime.
According to the indictment, Brown had the intent to cause the death of the victim who was identified as Jennifer Cwiakala and caused injuries consisting of lacerations, facial fractures and loss of teeth. Police previously said there was no prior relationship between the two and the woman had to undergo extensive surgery.
With the help of U.S. Marshals, Brown was previously apprehended in August for two other home invasions that took place in the city of Gloversville.
In connection to those incidents he was previously charged with multiple felonies including first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor.
Police said those charges stem from an incident that took place at 48 Spring St. on April 15, where it was alleged that Brown entered the residence with a handgun and threatened a female occupant before stealing jewelry in the household at gun point.
Authorities previously said during the burglary Brown stole both rings and bracelets from the victim.
Police said he was involved with another incident that took place at 48 Spring Street and involved the same victim on April 24.
The case was prosecuted by Acting District Attorney Chad Brown and Elijah Brown was represented by Attorney Robert Abdella.
Chad Brown said the plea arrangement took into consideration all of the pending charges against Elijah Brown.
“Everything was contemplated when he took the plea,” Brown said. “Everything that he had outstanding was included in this agreement.”
According to the release, Brown is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Hoye Sept. 30, in Fulton County Court at 9:30 a.m.