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Gloversville man admits role in Amsterdam home invasion

Gloversville man admits role in Amsterdam home invasion

The son of Fulton County’s only serial killer faces a 10-year prison term for his role in an Amsterd

The son of Fulton County’s only serial killer faces a 10-year prison term for his role in an Amsterdam home invasion that left a senior citizen injured and bound with duct tape earlier this year.

Scott W. Zabawczuk, 37, of 34 Beaver St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary Monday in Montgomery County Court.

Zabawczuk was one of three people arrested following the Jan. 11 home invasion on Brookside Avenue, according to the office of District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy. William T. Smith, 45, of North Street, Johnstown, and Ramon “Ray Ray” Santiago, 48, of Sixth Avenue, Schenectady, were also charged.

Zabawczuk is the son of the late John W. Hopkins, a Johnstown man who killed himself in prison in 2000 while serving time for murdering two Fulton County girls in the 1970s, Conboy said Thursday.

In unrelated Montgomery County Court action recently:

Peter Samuels, 34, of 320 Veeder Ave., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, admitting to entering a home in the town of Glen and stealing jewelry and rolled coins. He faces a state prison term of 3 1/2 to seven years at a July 13 sentencing.

Zachary M. Hart, 18, of Hill Street, Canajoharie, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for entering a home in the village of Canajoharie and stealing video game gear. Hart faces a six-month jail term with five years of probation at a July 13 sentencing.

Marquis Powell, 20, of 35 Eagle St., Amsterdam, faces a state prison term of 2 1/3 to seven years after his guilty plea to third-degree robbery for a heist at the America’s Best Value Inn in Amsterdam. Sentencing was scheduled for July 6.

Tony F. Mata, 42, of 108 Northampton Road, Amsterdam, was sentenced to five years of probation and drug court and fined $3,000 for a felony driving while intoxicated conviction.

Bruce O’Shaughnessy, 30, of 9 Willard St., Amsterdam, was sentenced to two state prison terms, to run concurrently, on convictions for fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree assault. O’Shaughnessy admitted to stealing a credit card from a car at the Mobil gas station in Amsterdam and to a Sept. 11, 2010 assault during his attempt to escape from St. Mary’s Hospital.

Joel L. Torres, 21, of 243 1/2 E. Main St., Amsterdam, was sentenced to five years of probation and drug court and ordered to pay a $325 surcharge and $120 restitution for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Torres was convicted of selling cocaine in the city April 14.

Paul D. Rothaupt, of 327 Division St., was sentenced to five years of probation and drug court, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay a $520 surcharge for a felony DWI conviction.

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