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Saratoga DA: South Glens Falls man admits to April stabbing death, pleads guilty to murder

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BALLSTON SPA – A South Glens Falls man pleaded guilty this week to murder in the stabbing death of a man at a South Glens Falls motel, Saratoga County District Attorney’s officials said.

The murder stemmed from an argument over drugs, prosecutors said.

Juan A. Vazquez, 46, of South Glens Falls, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of second-degree murder in the April 10 killing of Kenny J. Shipski April 10 at the Clearview Motel in South Glens Falls.

Vazquez admitted to stabbing Shipski multiple times after visiting Shipski’s hotel room.

Vazquez is to receive 20 years to life at his November sentencing.

“This very sad case demonstrates that, in the world of drugs, violence is inevitable, and a very dangerous offender is off the streets and will very likely spend the rest of his life in prison,” Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said in a statement. “It is because of the quality, speed and thoroughness of the investigation conducted by the South Glens Falls Police Department, Saratoga County Sheriff’s initial responders, and the New York State Police that my office was able to secure a plea to the top count of the indictment. We are truly fortunate to have such dedicated law enforcement agencies in our county.”

Vazquez is to be sentenced Nov. 18.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jesse Ashdown and Sam Maxwell.

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