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Massena man admits violating probation; resentenced to six months in jail


MASSENA - A Massena man’s inability to stop smoking weed and report as directed to his probation officer on a weekly basis is costing him six months in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall resentenced Seth J. Blair, 20, of 53 Pine St., Massena, to 180 days in the St. Lawrence County jail for a third-degree assault conviction after he admitted he had violated his probationary sentence.

Probation department officials, in a report filed with the court, said Blair had tested positive for marijuana use on Sept. 7, missed the majority of his weekly appointments with his probation officer between September and January and failed to keep an appointment with chemical dependency services.

The local justice had told Blair he could either resentence Blair to 180 days in the county jail if he admitted the probation violation or scheduled a violation of probation hearing.

“Here’s the story,” Judge Crandall told Blair’s attorney, St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Allison Appleby. “In the initial episode, he jumps on the back of some 16-year-old kid and beats the heck out of him. That’s not a good story. My initial concern with this case was what was he doing throwing haymakers and then I didn’t see any remorse when he was in court.”

Blair admitted he had failure to appear as directed to the probation department and had tested positive for drug use. Judge Crandall revoked his probationary term and resentenced him to the jail term.

Blair had been charged with punching a then 17-year-old Massena Central High Schoolstudent in the nose, eyes, face and head during an incident on Jan. 24, 2011. The assaul victim was treated for his injuries at Massena Memorial Hospital.

“I was just finishing putting my books in my locker, and I started to walk away from my locker down the hall and someone came up behind me and punched me in the back of the head. I tried to turn around, and he kept punching me,”the victim had noted in the statement he signed for police.

He said he was only able to identify his attacker after he had been pushed down to his floor and was on his back.

“Seth kept punching me in the face and head, and he pulled my hoodie sweatshirt over my head, and he kept punching. I was (not) able to protect myself because it came from behind, it happened so fast, and I didn’t expect it,” he noted.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Ricky L. Deshane. 41, of 2426 County Route 55, Brasher, was placed under a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $125 surcharge for a trespassing violation conviction.

Deshane had pleaded guilty to trespassing in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal trespass.

He allegedly entered the apartment of Nicole F. Lamberton at 451 Leslie Road, Massena, and refused to leave when ordered to do so. Lamberton and Deshane have a child in common.

Maintenance staff were in the process of changing the lock on the door at 12:50 p.m. Feb. 21 when the incident occurred, and the maintenance worker had left the area when Deshane walked into the apartment.

Deshane, during his initial arraignment on he charge in February, told the court he hadn’t seen his child in approximately two weeks and suggested Ms. Lamberton wasn’t answering his phone calls or answering her door when he tried to contact her to set up visitation. He said the couple had been in family court and visitation was by mutual agreement.

The Brasher man said he went to Lamberton’s apartment in an effort to resolve those issues. “When I got there, I could smell smoke, and the door to the apartment was open,” he noted in the statement he provided state troopers.

He said he knocked on the door frame and stepped about four feet inside the door when he was confronted by Lamberton. He said she suggested they talk outside and started pushing her out of the apartment. “I did raise my voice to tell her not to push me,” he acknowledged.

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