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Rachael Mattice walks to the front of the courtroom with her attorney Robert Abdella in 2016 at Mayfield Town Court.

By DUSTEN RADER
Fulton County Express

MAYFIELD — Nearly a year after the community and law enforcement rallied to search for a missing Johnstown woman, a guilty plea has been reached in the case.
Rachael Mattice, 25, plead guilty in Mayfield Town Court to one count of falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, according to Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown.
“She had an opportunity to plead guilty and then sentencing would be something we did not have control over because we weren’t going to reduce it down or give her a plea agreement — otherwise it would have gone to trial,” Brown said. “She chose to plead guilty to see what she would get from that.”
Mattice was sentenced to 30 days of weekends in prison, 100 hours of community service and three years probation.
According to Brown, he is satisfied with the resolution of the case.
Attempts to reach Mattice’s attorney, Robert Abdella of Gloversville, before press time were unsuccessful.
Mattice was the subject of a massive search in Hamilton County after being reported missing from her family cabin in Wells. Upon her return, Mattice told police she was kidnapped. State police alleged she was lying.
Mattice plead not guilty to a charge of falsely reporting an incident during her first appearance in August of 2016. She then appeared before Judge John Papa to answer to a charge of third-degree falsely reporting an incident in October, but the case was adjourned and a pre-plea investigation was ordered.
Mattice also faced drug and traffic charges in Milton after a two-car head-on collision, as well as a petit larceny charge in the town of Hope.