James Dibble sentenced in mother’s death case

FULTON COUNTY, N.Y. – A 29-year-old man guilty of killing his mother was sentenced to 25 years to life on Thursday.

James Dibble was found guilty in April on all charges in the murder trial of his mother’s death. Dibble could face up to 25 years to life in state prison when sentenced.

Dibble had pled not guilty to several charges, including Murder, in connection to the death of his mother, 57-year-old Gwenda Lisman.

Lisman was found dead in her Ephratah home on Mud Road in July 2013. Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said Lisman suffered from two shots to the back of the head.

Sheriff Thomas Lorey said at the time of Dibble’s arrest investigators believeDibble and his mother had been arguing over money in recent days, and Lisman’s house was in disarray when police arrived. Neighbors said they had heard the two fighting over the weekend prior to his mother’s death.

Lorey said police were called to the home by a neighbor who went to check on Lisman after she wouldn’t pick up her phone. He said Lisman borrowed the rifle used to kill her from a neighbor to keep animals away from her garden.

Fulton County’s DA said in 2013 that Dibble is also accused of stealing some of Lisman’s jewelry and other items to cash in for money.

Dibble was found guilty of Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, Two Counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree and One Count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree.

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