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The Fulton County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday a grand jury has indicted an Ephratah man in the shooting death of his mother. James F. Dibble, 29, of 227 Mud Rd., was indicted Thursday on five counts, including second-degree murder.
He was arrested on July 2, a day after Fulton County Sheriff’s Department discovered Gwenda Lisman’s body at the residence they shared.
Authorities were contacted on July 1 by concerned neighbors who reported they hadn’t heard from or seen Lisman. She was found inside the house at 11:19 a.m. that day. An autopsy performed by Dr. Michael Sikirica listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.
The maximum penalty for the charge of second-degree murder is 25 years to life in state prison, Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said in a news release.
“The investigation has been thoroughly conducted and I have every confidence that justice will prevail for Wendy [Gwenda’s nickname],” said Sira. “I know, from personally meeting with her family and neighbors, that Gwenda’s loss has been deep for all who knew her. One neighbor told me that ‘Wendy was the glue that kept the neighborhood together.’”
Dibble was also indicted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
The district attorney’s office alleges that Dibble used a .22 caliber rifle to kill Lisman sometime around June 30 or July 1. Dibble then allegedly sold her jewelry as well as NASCAR collectibles owned by Lisman’s former boyfriend, Jeffrey Snell, which had a combined value of over $1,000. Dibble also allegedly sold for cash a Husqvarna chainsaw, also owned by Snell.
“On behalf of Wendy’s family, I want to thank the sheriff’s office and District Attorney Sira, as well as our close friends for helping to get us through this difficult time,” said Denise Barrett, Lisman’s sister, in a news release from the district attorney’s office. “We will never forget my sister.”
An arraignment date has yet to be set.
Robert Abdella, a Gloversville attorney assigned to represent Dibble, could not be reached for comment Thursday.