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Raymondville man gets probation for burglary convictions


CANTON — A 28-year-old Raymondville man was sentenced to one year of interim probation for burglarizing a Massena automobile dealership in September.

Mark W. Premo Jr. of Woodland Avenue, pleaded guilty in December to two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of attempted third-degree burglary.

If Mr. Premo violates his probationary period, Judge Jerome J. Richards said he could be sentenced up to 18 years in prison.

In a statement before sentencing, Bonnie Cook asked Mr. Premo to find the jewelry he took from their family and return it.

“This is disturbing to us, and it never should have taken place,” Ms. Cook said.

Mr. Premo apologized to the family who were sitting behind prosecutors, but Judge Richards said he has seen more heartfelt apologies from a pet.

The victims also want Mr. Premo to search for the jewelry that he stole, and Mr. Premo said he would.

Judge Richards ordered Mr. Premo to pay $239 in restitution but he also told the victims that only about 15 percent of defendants actually pay the restitution.

He told the victims that the New York justice was the greatest in the world but that it wasn’t error free.

In tears, Mr. Premo again apologized to the victims as he left the courtroom.

In other court-related matters:

■ Kurt T. Terrance, 21, of 381 Route 37, was sentenced to probation for five years for his conviction of felony first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Mr. Terrance was also ordered to pay $375 in court fees.

Mr. Terrance was arrested in January 2011 after a set up by undercover officers in the parking lot of the Super 8 motel in the village of Massena, state police said.

Terrance and a co-defendant, Brian A. Jacobs, 24, of Hoganburg, were charged on the evening of Jan. 24, 2011 with having about 500 ecstasy pills, 24 pounds of marijuana and other drugs during a deal set up by undercover officers in the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel, 84 Grove St.

Terrance was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, troopers said.

Investigators said they located 24 pounds of marijuana, packaged in 48 Ziplock bags, in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado occupied by the two men. An undercover state police investigator from Central New York said he had talked on the telephone with Jacobs in the past but met the Hogansburg men in person for the first time between 2:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 24, 2011 in a motel room at the Super 8 when they were meeting to discuss a drug transaction.

The state police investigator said he had ordered 21 pounds of marijuana at $2,100 per pound and 500 Triple Stacks Ecstasy pills. He said Jacobs brought 4 1/2 pounds of marijuana to his room in a duffel bag covered by a shirt and the pills, most of which were identified as being Triple Stacks Ecstasy.

The undercover agent said Jacobs originally said he would sell the marijuana for $1,700 per pound and then dropped the price to $1,350.

But the police officer said he told Jacobs he needed better quality marijuana before he was prepared to make the deal. “It wasn’t the amount he was supposed to have, the quality he was suppose to have,” he noted during a hearing held last year in Massena Village Court.

The Hogansburg man returned to the Super 8 at approximately 6 p.m. in a truck being driven by Terrance. The state police investigator said he met the two men in the parking lot, and Jacobs rolled down his window and showed in a bag of green leafy vegetation.

“Mr. Jacobs said he had everything he was supposed to have and showed me one Zip Lock plastic bag. I wanted to see the rest of the marijuana, and he said it was in the back of the truck,” according to the investigator.

Jacobs also showed him the bag of pills, most of which were blue pills the Hogansburg man identified as Triple Stacks Ecstasy with the remainder being pink and identified as the more typical Ecstasy pills.

He said the two men then walked to the back of the truck with him, opened the cover and showed him two suitcases filled with marijuana. He said Jacobs told him he would have to negotiate the cost of the marijuana with Terrance. He (Terrance) got a calculator out (on his cell phone) and told him the cost would be $50,600. He also said at one point during the transaction discussion Terrance told him the marijuana was his and he was going to make a decision about where the deal would take place. Jacobs reportedly added the cost of the pills would be $3,500 at $7 per pill.

State police investigators moved in moments later and placed the two men under arrest.

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