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Kevin Gonyea in court

Kevin Gonyea is escorted in Washington County Court during a pretrial hearing Tuesday in his murder case for the death of his grandmother.

Don Lehman,

FORT EDWARD — The Fort Ann man who has been charged with murdering his 95-year-old grandmother was brought to Washington County Court for a possible guilty plea on Wednesday, but the case was adjourned again until Friday.

Kevin L. Gonyea has been mulling a plea deal offer that would net him a 22-years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder in connection with the death of Leona Twiss last July.

Gonyea’s lawyer, Greg Teresi, and Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan met on-and-off for several hours Wednesday afternoon as plea deal discussions continued, and Gonyea was brought over to court from Washington County Jail for a possible hearing. But no court appearance occurred.

Gonyea, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and numerous lesser counts, is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Gonyea, 50, is accused of choking Twiss with a towel July 9 as she battled dementia and the family was considering putting her in a nursing home. Gonyea and his wife had moved from Florida to care for Twiss and her husband, who died in November 2016.

Prosecutors believe Gonyea killed Twiss because he wanted to return to Florida.

Gonyea’s wife, 35-year-old Melissa Gonyea, was charged with helping him dispose of the towel allegedly used to kill Twiss, and she pleaded guilty to seven charges last month, agreeing to testify against her husband in exchange for a 4 2/3- to 14-year prison sentence.



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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