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Murder charges filed in Fort Plain killing

Murder charges filed in Fort Plain killing

Two face murder charges, third man faces lesser charge
Murder charges filed in Fort Plain killing
Eric S. Rivera, Aaron L. Cockfield and Garry L. Sweet III
Photographer: Fort Plain Police (insets); Shutterstock (background)

FORT PLAIN - Two of three men arrested in connection with the June killing of man in Fort Plain now face murder charges, state police said Thursday.

The third man faces a related lesser charge, state police said.

Garry L.  Sweet III, 38, of Fort Plain, and Eric S. Rivera, 31, of Gloversville, each face one count of second-degree murder in the June 30 death of 29-year-old Joshua L. Laveck at 60 Division St. Laveck was found dead on the front porch of his apartment by the woman he lived with.

Police believe money was the motive behind the murder. Money was owed to the victim, possibly rent money, Fort Plain Police Chief Ryan Austin said in mid-July. Laveck had allowed one of the suspects to live with him for some time, Austin said.

Police sought and captured Sweet, Rivera and a third man, Aaron Cockfield, 33, of Johnstown, within days of the murder and originally charged all three with felony conspiracy. Police announced the formal murder charges against Sweet and Rivera Thursday.  Cockfield faces a new charge of second-degree criminal facilitation, a felony.

Previous: Chief: Money dispute believed motive in Fort Plain killing, July 16, 2018

All three men were expected to be arraigned on the new charges Thursday evening in Minden Town Court in Fort Plain.

If convicted of the murder charges, Sweet and Rivera would face up to 25 years in state prison. Cockfield would face up to 15 years if convicted of the charge filed against him.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the case can send it anonymously by calling the Fort Plain Police Department at 518-993-3781 or the New York State Police Tip line at 1-800-SAFENYS.

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