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Ephratah man guilty of killing mom

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Updated: 2:14 AM

JOHNSTOWN -- An Ephratah man faces life in prison after a Fulton County jury convicted him Tuesday of killing his mother.

James F. Dibble, 30, of 227 Mud Road, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree possession of stolen property, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department arrested Dibble July 2 after the body of his mother, Gwenda Lisman, was found the day before by concerned neighbors at the home Dibble and Lisman shared.

According to a press release, an autopsy revealed she had been shot twice. The first was in the back of the head, and another to the back of the head.

A .22-caliber rifle was recovered at the scene.

State forensic investigators found Dibble's DNA in four spots on the gun, and also on his mother's body.

The stolen property charges stem from Dibble's possession of his mother's jewelry, NASCAR collectibles and a chainsaw.

The trial began March 31 and ended Tuesday.

The jury began deliberating at 11:30 a.m. and returned a verdict at 3:33 p.m.

Dibble faces 25 years to life in state prison when sentenced before Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye June 12 at 10 a.m.

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Louise K. Sira, who credits the strong scientific evidence in the case and a concise time frame established by police.

Dibble was represented by Gloversville Attorney Robert Abdella.

-- Caroline Murray


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