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CANTON — A Marcy man was sentenced to prison for one to three years Tuesday by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards.

Jeffrey Weisbrod Jr., 26, formerly of Massena, admitted in court to violating his probation by not showing up to meetings with his probation officer.

Mr. Weisbrod was convicted in 2010 of felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He reportedly had a semiautomatic rifle in his possession on Dec. 30, 2009 when Massena village police responded to his home for a fight. Mr. Weisbrod wasn’t allowed to possess weapons because of a prior felony conviction.

Village police had responded to a complaint of a domestic disturbance at his residence and during their investigation determined Weisbrod was in possession of a semi-automatic Chinese SKS assault rifle with a detachable magazine, bayonet mount, pistol grip and folding stock.

Former village police Patrolman Cory Sweet, in his statement, said police responded to a complaint filed by Weisbrod that he had been assaulted by his girlfriend’s mother’s boyfriend. Police said they observed that Weisbrod had a red lump on his forehead, blood in his ear and scratches on his neck.

During the course of his investigation, Ptl. Sweet said he was told Weisbrod had initially been involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, Christy Beckett. Her mother’s boyfriend, Tom Williams, then reportedly intervened and fought with Weisbrod. Sweet said Williams also told him Weisbrod reportedly went into his kitchen, grabbed a silver cylindrical metallic object and acted like he was going to use it against him in the fight.

During the course of the interview, Williams showed Patl. Sweet the assault rifle in a closet.

Ptl, Sweet, during his testimony at Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, said Weisbrod was standing outside the residence when he arrived at 116 Beach St. He said after overhearing Weisbrod describe the fight he had with Williams he followed Williams into the residence to elicit his version of the incident. He said while he was inside the residence Williams offered to show police the assault rifle in the closet as well as the 10 rounds of ammunition that were in a drawer in a hutch.

The police officer said the rifle was illegal since it included a detachable magazine, a folding stock and a pistol grip in addition to a three-sided bayonet. “This bayonet stood out to me because it was so different,” he said.

In other court-related matters:

James L. Thompson, 79, Winthrop, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Thompson is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation with a possibility of some jail time.

Thompson, who had a blood alcohol content of 0.23 percent, police said, was pulling out of a bar parking lot on Route 11C in the town of Stockholm about 9:20 p.m. May 21, 2010 when he failed to see Shawn A. Mathous Jr., 25, Moira, on his motorcycle.

Mr. Mathous was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., with leg and other non-life-threatening injuries.

Elizabeth A. Klein, 62, Massena, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated. Ms. Klein said she was stopped in Norfolk in September and tested a BAC of 0.12 percent. Ms. Klein had a previous misdemeanor driving while intoxicated conviction from 2010 in Potsdam Village Court. She is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation with community service.

Darren M. Chaffee, 37, Massena, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal possession marijuana. Mr. Chaffee was sentenced to one year of interim probation. If successful, Mr. Chaffee may be eligible to plead down to a misdemeanor. He is accused of possessing more than one pound of marijuana in October in the town of Potsdam, according to police reports. They Chaffee and a co-defendant were are accused of possessing more than one pound of marijuana on Elliot Road. They were reportedly carrying pot plants out of a wooded area off Elliot Road.

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