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South Glens Falls man sentenced in April murder

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SOUTH GLENS FALLS (WRGB) A South Glens Falls man will serve 20 years to life in the murder of another South Glens Falls man.

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Juan A. Vasquez, 47, pleaded earlier this year to murder in the 2nd degree, having intentionally caused the death of Kenny J. Shipski, during an argument over drugs.

The argument took place April 10, in Shipski's room at the Clearview Motel. During the argument, Vasquez stabbed Shipski multiple times, resulting in his death.

District Attorney Karen Heggen stated that "This very sad case demonstrates that in the world of illegal drugs, violence is often inevitable. With this plea to Murder in the Second Degree and the imposed 20 years to life sentence, Vazquez admitted that he killed Kenny Shipski in his hotel room. This conviction means a very dangerous offender is off the streets and will very likely spend the rest of his life in prison. It is because of the quality, speed and thoroughness of the investigation conducted by the New York State Police, South Glens Falls Police Department and the Saratoga County Sheriff Office initial responders that my office was able to secure a plea to the top count, Murder in the Second Degree. We are truly fortunate to have such dedicated law enforcement agencies in our county."

Heggen noted that her office has been in regular contact with Shipski's family throughout the proceedings. Two family members spoke at the sentencing.

The victim's father told the court: "Although this sentence will not bring my son back it's my hope that it will keep the defendant from committing such a heinous crime again." 
The girlfriend and mother of the victim's two children also spoke: "[W]e are all now left to grieve the loss of our provider, our rock, their role model, and my everything. We all now feel completely alone and lost in this world without our Kenny."
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