An upstate New York man has admitted to his role in the murder of a sub shop worker, who was allegedly killed so the store’s owner could avoid paying her money that he owed her.
James A. Duffy, 34, of Johnstown pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the 2019 slaying of his coworker Allyzibeth A. Lamont, 22, the Leader-Herald reports.
Lamont vanished in October of 2019 and her remains were found three days later in a marshy grave. Construction debris and fertilizer had been poured over her body. Investigators believe the young woman was killed with a baseball bat, according to Albany’s WNYT. She died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigators allege that Duffy, a former manager at Local No. 9 Deli in Johnstown, killed Lamont after the shop’s owner Georgios Kakavelos, 52, of Ballston Spa, hired him to do so. The pair had allegedly plotted out her murder for three days.
The motive? Kakavelos allegedly wanted her dead because she “was causing problems for him at the labor board," Duffy said in a statement filed in court and obtained by the Daily Gazette.
Both Duffy and Kakavelos were arrested in 2019 and indicted in 2020 of numerous charges, the most serious being first-degree murder. Duffy, who initially pleaded not guilty, took this plea deal to avoid the possible life sentence without parole. He is expected to testify at Kakavelos’ upcoming trial for the prosecution and he is estimated to receive 18 years to life, according to the Gazette. He is due to be sentenced in July.
Kakavelos has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His attorney Kevin K. O'Brien has not immediately returned Oxygen.com’s request for comment. He told People over email that “Mr. Kakavelos has been steadfast in his position that he is innocent of this horrific crime. We mourn the death of Ms Lamont as she was someone Mr. Kakavelos cared about as an employee who worked closely with him."
The lawyer claimed that Duffy "has crafted a story like a petulant child looking to escape his sole responsibility in this case. Duffy's contempt for Mr Kakavelos is obvious in everything he said and did said after he murdered Ms. Lamont. Mr. Kakavelos is everything Mr. Duffy is not. "
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