BALLSTON SPA – A Corinth man admitted this past week that he intentionally drove his vehicle into a group of three motorcyclists last year, killing one and seriously injuring two others.
He also admitted he sexually abused a woman in the picnic area of Stewart’s pond, an attack that immediately preceded the April 2020 motorcycle crash murder.
In exchange for his pleas, Dylan K. Vella, 28, of Corinth, is to be sentenced later to 20 years to life in prison.
“Defendant Vella’s deliberate and intentional actions on April 7, 2020 in he towns of Corinth and Hadley have forever impacted the lives of many in those communities and beyond,” Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggan said in a statement.
Killed in the crash was motorcyclist Paul Hollenbeck, of Corinth. Two others in his group were seriously injured. One escaped serious injury.
The crash happened at about 5 p.m. that day on Main Street in the Village of Corinth. Vella admitted he intentionally struck the three motorcycles with his Ford Escape SUV, officials said.
He was accused of intentionally hitting the motorcyclists less than an hour after authorities say he fled the scene of a robbery and attempted rape at the Stewart’s Pond Recreation area in Hadley.
Vella was accused of attempting to rape a woman at about 4:15 p.m. that at the recreation area.
Vella was accused of attacking the woman in the parking lot and attempting to rape her. He was also accused of forcibly taking the cell phone of the victim’s friend when she tried to take a photo of Vella, officials said.
The women were then able to flee and call 911, officials said.
The woman Vella was accused of attempting to rape escaped with minor physical injuries, officials said. A woman who was with her also escaped, officials said.
Vella left, but a short time later hit the motorcyclists in Corinth, officials said. He then fled that scene on foot, but was taken into custody a short time later.
Vella pleaded guilty in total to one count of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree sexual abuse.
He is to be sentenced Dec. 7.