Former sub shop owner convicted of killing worker who complained about wages he owed her
Duffy, bottom left, face up to life in prison for killing Allyzibeth LaMont, 22, the night of Oct.
Georgios Kakavelos, 52, of Ballston Spa, was convicted Thursday of 11 criminal charges, including the first-degree murder of Allyzibeth Ann LaMont.
Kakavelos was also convicted of second-degree conspiracy, tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse, according to the Times Union in Albany.
The Greek immigrant’s co-conspirator, employee James Duffy, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in April.
9, the small Johnstown, N.Y., sandwich shop where Allyzibeth LaMont worked is pictured in July 2019, three months before LaMont’s killing.
Prosecutors argued at trial that LaMont’s complaints about her boss came at a time when Kakavelos, who was almost $200,000 in debt to the state and the Internal Revenue Service, was planning to move his business to Saratoga Springs.
Along with a labor complaint, LaMont reportedly planned to take her concerns to Kakavelos’ wife, whose name was on the failing business.
Documents previously obtained by the Daily Gazette in Schenectady stated that Duffy and Kakavelos placed LaMont’s body in the business owner’s 2008 Volkswagen Passat and drove around for hours looking for a place to dispose of her.
When they were sure there was no traffic, the men pulled over and propped open the hood of Kakavelos’ car to make any sudden passersby think they were having engine trouble.
Duffy said he and his boss returned to the sandwich shop, where Duffy cut the hoses on the shop’s drink syrup machine.
The following day, they began using the supplies Kakavelos had bought at Walmart to clean evidence of the fatal beating from the sub shop.
Kakavelos’ defense attorney, Kevin O’Brien, argued that Duffy had acted alone when he killed LaMont and that his client had stumbled upon the murder as it was being committed.
Her boss, Georgios Kakavelos, 52, is facing life in prison without parole after being convicted today of her 1st-degree murder and all other charges.
“It didn’t go our way, I’m disappointed in that,” the defense lawyer said.