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Raymondville man gets probation for burglary conviction

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

Mark W. Premo Jr., 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, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards said, he could be sentenced to 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 said he would search for the jewelry he stole.

He apologized to the family, but Judge Richards said he had seen more heartfelt apologies from a pet.

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

He told the victims New York state justice is the greatest in the world, but it isn’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 Tuesday to five years’ probation for his conviction on a charge of felony first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Mr. Terrance also was ordered to pay $375 in court fees.

He was arrested in January 2011 after an undercover officers’ setup in the Super 8 Motel parking lot in the village of Massena, state police said.

In Friday court action, a Gloversville man pleaded guilty to two counts of felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Samuel Sydow, 23, said he sold cocaine twice on Feb. 3, 2010, in the village of Canton.

Mr. Sydow may face incarceration if recommended by the Probation Department in a presentence investigation report. But as part of the plea, he may have his attorney, Brian D. Pilatzke, Canton, argue any sentence recommendation.

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