Man pleads guilty to Gloversville woman’s 2019 murder

James Duffy is arraigned in Saratoga County Court in Ballston Spa on Dec. 17, 2019, for the Oct. 28, 2019, murder of Allyzibeth Lamont. Public defender Andrew C. Blumenberg is seen at right.
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James Duffy is arraigned in Saratoga County Court in Ballston Spa on Dec. 17, 2019, for the Oct. 28, 2019, murder of Allyzibeth Lamont. Public defender Andrew C. Blumenberg is seen at right.

BALLSTON SPA — A Johnstown man accused of killing a 22-year-old Gloversville woman whose body was dumped in Saratoga County pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.

James A. Duffy, 35, pleaded guilty to the charge in connection with the death of sub shop co-worker Allyzibeth A. Lamont, on Oct. 28, 2019. County Court Judge James A. Murphy III accepted the plea on Friday and set sentencing for July 15. Duffy could face up to 25 years to life in prison.

The plea from Duffy comes as his co-defendant, Georgios Kakavelos, 52, of Milton, is scheduled to go on trial in Saratoga County County Court on May 10. District Attorney Karen A. Heggen announced Duffy’s plea and said there would be no further comment at this time.

While authorities say that Lamont was killed in Johnstown, the murder cases are being prosecuted in Saratoga County because it’s where the young woman’s body was found on Oct. 31, 2019. Duffy and Kakavelos are accused of bringing the victim’s body to the dumping spot in a swampy wooded area off of a Northway Exit 13 entrance ramp in Malta. That’s where the initial investigation began.

In an indictment, each man faces charges of first-degree murder, concealing a human corpse and tampering with evidence. State police and multiple law enforcement agencies in Fulton and Saratoga counties were involved in investigating the disappearance and murder. The first-degree murder charge applies because Kakavelos is accused of hiring Duffy to kill Lamont, and could result in a sentence of life without parole.

Lamont was last seen alive at about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 2019, on Townsend Avenue in Johnstown, near the Local Substation No. 9 sandwich shop where she worked in the Adirondack Plaza. Kakavelos co-owned the sandwich shop, and Duffy was a manager there, law enforcement authorities said.

Lamont was reported missing when she didn’t come home from work that night, and Gloversville police began an investigation.

State police said an autopsy showed Lamont died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head. The Malta location where her body was found is more than 30 miles from the Johnstown sandwich shop where she and the defendants worked, and the men are accused of taking steps to conceal the body.

State police located Lamont’s body after they received a tip to the possibility the missing woman’s body could be in the marshlands near the interstate ramp from U.S. Route 9 to the Northway. Police said the tip indicated she had been murdered.

The indictment alleges the men tried to suppress evidence by “multiple acts of concealment, alteration or destruction.” The indictment does not detail the alleged acts further. The indictment identifies the general locations of the tampering as the towns of Malta, Milton and Galway in Saratoga County, the city of Johnstown, and towns of Colonie and Glenmont in Albany County.

Authorities have not provided any motive for the killing of Lamont.

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William Aiken

“The authorities provided no motive for the murder”

Wouldn’t an explanation of the defendent’s motive be part of a plea agreement? That is part of the provision allowing a plea to a lesser offense, which is what happened in this case.

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