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Pennsylvania fugitive from justice sent back to jail


MASSENA - A Pennsylvania man being held on a fugitive from justice warrant has had his hold at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility extended to May 23 to give the governor’s office additional time to complete the extradition paperwork.

Matthew Paquin, 27, listing a 90 East Hatfield St., Apt. 4, Massena, address, was sent back to the jail with bail set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

Paquin has been in custody since his arrest on March 11 in Massena on the fugitive from justice warrant. Massena Town Justice James M. Crandall had previously extended his hold for 30 days due to a paperwork error.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Bott said Paquin is a convicted felon in Pennsylvania. He had previously served a prison sentence for a burglary conviction. Mr. Bott said he also has the equivalent of a statutory rape conviction in Pennsylvania and was placed on probation for five years.

“He left the jurisdiction and was located in the town of Massena. Pennsylvania wants him back,” he said.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Allison Appleby had urged the court to release Paquin from custody.

“My client has been lingering in jail for 60 days,” she said, noting her client was seeking reasonable bail or release from custody.

“He does want to take care of this matter. He believed everything had been resolved. Pennsylvania state authorities bought him the bus ticket to New York after he completed serving a four-year sentence. He wants to go back under his own power, not with the marshalls or whomever,” Ms. Appleby said.

Mr. Botts pointed out Paquin could have waived extradition and been sent back to Pennsylvania several weeks ago.

“He refused to waive so now we have to proceed with the warrant. He’s a fugitive from justice. He is a convicted felon and fled the jurisdiction of his sentence. Any bail or release is out of the question,” the assistant prosecutor argued.

“The Pennsylvania part of this process is now done. The warrant is with Gov. Cuomo and his warrant counsel. They expect to have it done in the next week or two,” he added.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Patrick J. Barber, 23, of 59 Maple St., Apt. 2A, Massena, was fined $50 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana charge in a plea bargain agreement that resulted in the dismissal of a seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charge.

Barber had been charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana in early May.

He reportedly was in possession of two Zolpidem pills, one Adderal and a small quantity of marijuana when police were called to investigate a complaint April 27 at his residence. Zolpidem is a sedative-hypnotic used to treat insomnia, and Adderal is a medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

■ Nicole M. Lazore, 19, of 3 Garvin Ave., Apt. 4, Massena, was fined $50 for underage possession of alcohol with intent to consume. She reportedly admitted to consuming alcohol after a park police officer encountered her staggering and talking very loudly at 2:20 a.m. May 29 at Robert Moses State Park.

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