ITHACA, N.Y. — A man involved in a fatal Trumansburg burglary in January accepted a plea deal Monday morning that includes jail time and a felony record.
Gregory S. Fish, 32, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree burglary and will serve six months in jail and five years of probation.
Fish was involved in a burglary that turned deadly during the early morning hours of Jan. 7 at an apartment on 37 W. Main St.
Police said Fish, Jennifer Ecker, and Patrick Mutter broke into the apartment while trying to confront Eric T. Lynch, who was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing about $2,300 from Ecker in December.
Late on Jan.6, the four people reportedly got into a confrontation at The Silver Line Tap Room in Trumansburg. Lynch told his roommate, Lee Kanellis, that the two men had “started a problem with him so he left.” Lynch later went to a friend’s house.
Kanellis was at their shared apartment with another friend when Fish, Ecker and Mutter showed up some time after 1 a.m. looking for Lynch.
A fight ensued after the trio forcibly entered the apartment and Kanellis defended himself with a Bowie knife he kept on display by his television. Mutter was fatally stabbed during the fight.
Kanellis is facing no charges for the incident.
Fish was represented by attorney Kevin Jones and the case was prosecuted by District Attorney Matt Van Houten.
Correction: Gregory Fish is 32-years-old, not 42-years-old, as originally reported.
Photos: Police respond to a fatal stabbing on Jan. 7 in Trumansburg. Photos by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice.