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Massena Man Admits Threat To Kill Wife During Argument

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MASSENA - A 29-year-old Massena man was fined and placed under a one-year conditional discharge after he admitted he had threatened to kill his wife during an argument in late August.

Joshua P. Collins, 29, of 2 Tamarack St. pleaded guilty after an aggravated harassment charge was reduced to simple harassment. The charge stemmed from an incident on Aug. 27 when he allegedly threatened his wife, Kaylie, during a telephone conversation.

She reportedly had phoned him to share her thoughts on their relationship, and he allegedly responded by telling her the only way she would leave the marriage was in a body bag.

Village police said their investigation revealed Ms. Collins had called her husband earlier that afternoon and had shared her concerns about their relationship. Mr. Collins then reportedly responded approximately two-and-a-half hours later with a message that read.

"Stop being stupid because the only way our marriage would end is if you left in a body bag," according to court documents.

He then sent a text message with a similar theme to Ms. Collins' father, who lives outside the area and reported the message to police.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall fined Mr. Collins $250 and a $125 surcharge and placed him under a one-year conditional discharge. The court also signed an order of protection directing Mr. Collins not to harass Ms. Collins.

The conditional discharge stipulates Mr. Collins must continue with mental health treatment and comply with Family Court stipulations.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

* Mark A. Caskinette II, 34, of 10 Douglas Road, Apt. 2, Massena, was fined $150 and a $205 surcharge and was placed under probation supervision for one year for an attempted criminal trespass conviction.

He had been charged with forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment at 6:48 a.m. Nov. 9. Once inside the residence, he allegedly started yelling at Lynette M. Widrick and demanded to see his daughter.

Judge Crandall had sentenced Mr. Caskinette in February to time served - 128 days - and ordered him to pay a $150 fine and a $205 surcharge for his convictions on one count of second-degree criminal contempt and one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Mr. Caskinette had pleaded guilty in that case to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that on Oct. 28 he had violated a stay away order of protection issued in early September 2009 by entering the Widrick residence at 80 1/2 North Main St., Massena.

He also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. Mr. Caskinette admitted he had repeatedly struck the driver's side door on Ms. Widrick's vehicle on Oct. 5, 2009.

That plea bargain agreement satisfied charges stemming from four different arrests during September and October 2009. Ms. Widrick was the victim in each case.

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