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McCann sentenced to 35 years in state prison

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MALONE - A Constable man convicted of six violent felony counts in February was sentenced to 35 years in state prison in Franklin County Court today.

Robert McCann, known to those close to him as BJ, had been found guilty by a seven-man, five-woman jury on charges of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, first-degree attempted assault, and first-degree stalking.

McCann was arrested on Oct. 8, 2010 after he had lured an ex-girlfriend to the Westville fire training grounds and placed her in a chokehold until she was unconscious. An expert testified she was about one minute away from death. McCann then brought her to his house in Brushton, where he again strangled her and threatened her life. After that, he took her to Plattsburgh and hid her in the trunk of her car, which he was driving, so she couldn’t run away or call for help. He was arrested after a massive manhunt, involving multiple American and Canadian law enforcement agencies. He was found hiding in a crawlspace in an apartment in Akwesasne.

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