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Glens Falls man pleads guilty in stabbing death of Queensbury man

Mark Mulholland
Updated: September 26, 2019 06:42 PM
Created: September 26, 2019 06:12 PM

QUEENSBURY - Jesse Breault's life changed forever on May 24.

That's the morning when the Glens Falls man agreed to meet up with Christopher Goss to settle a dispute that Breault's girlfriend was having with Goss's girlfriend.

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The confrontation ended when Breault plunged a nine-inch black-handled knife into Goss's back.

In court Thursday morning, Breault pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Warren County Judge John Hall asking him a series of questions:

Judge Hall: "You stabbed Mr. Goss with this hunting knife. Is that correct? Breault: "Yes, your honor." Judge Hall: "And what part of his body did you stab him?" Breault: "Uh, upper back." Judge Hall: "And as a result of the stab to his upper back, did Mr. Goss die?" Breault: "Uh, yes your honor."

District Attorney Jason Carusone also questioned the 26-year-old Breault about the involvement of his girlfriend, Ashley Bell, who is accused of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Carusone asked, "After that happened, did you leave with Ashley Bell and discard the knife on the side of Quaker Road? "I did," answered Breault.

Bell's case is still pending.

Breault was initially charged with murder. In exchange for pleading guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, he'll be sentenced to 18 years in prison.

He'll have the opportunity at sentencing to apologize to Goss's family. His attorney, Derrick Hogan, is unsure if he will.

"I know he's remorseful. In conversations with him, he's told me that, but once it comes to sentencing, I'd rather let him speak for that."

Breault will be sentenced October 17.


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