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Former SUNY Potsdam athlete among those sentenced Monday


CANTON - A former SUNY Potsdam basketball player was sentenced Monday to 75 days in jail following an appearance in St. Lawrence County Court. Mon ay in a first-degree sexual abuse charge Monday in

St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards also placed Olando Minott, 22, of Bronx under probation supervision for 10 years following his conviction on a a first-degree sexual abuse count.

Minott had been indicted for three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree criminal sexual act.

HIs co-defendant had been indicted for four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree criminal sexual act.

Both were accused of having a 19-year-old woman by forcible compulsion perform oral sex and other sexual acts on them. The incident allegedly occurred the morning of April 3, 2010 in a Lehman Hall suite.

At the time of their arrests, both men were sophomore guards for SUNY Potsdam who graduated from the Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School in the Bronx, college records showed. The incident happened after the basketball season concluded.

In other county court action:

Richard L. Manford, 43, of 20 Parker Ave., Massena, was re-sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for his conviction on a second-degree attempted robbery charge. Judge Richards upheld his May conviction after a paperwork error called it into question.

Jessica L. Monaghan, 25, of Massena, was sentenced to two months in jail and three years’ probation after violating the terms of her probation. Ms. Monaghan, who was between eight and nine months’ pregnant at the time, failed to report to her probation officer several times in May. Judge Richards said he had previously “told her that her child would not keep her from going to jail.”

Anthony T. LaRock, 37, of Massena, was sentenced to five years’ probation for his guilty plea on a first-degree criminal contempt charge. He was located at the residence of his wife, who held an order of protection, in January.

Philip S. Cortese, 45, of 164 Dennison Road, Massena, was sentenced to five years’ probation, one of which he has already successfully completed, on a first-degree criminal contempt conviction.

Raymond Lyman, 25, of 6772 Route 68, Ogdensburg, was sentenced to one to four years in prison for his conviction on a fourth-degree grand larceny charge. Mr. Lyman was charged with stealing multiple firearms.

Theodore Travis III, 21, of 21 Depot St., Richville, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation for his conviction on a third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charge. Mr. Travis was stopped in March in a vehicle containing one pound of hallucinogenic mushrooms in the trunk.

Gregory R. Fifield, 25, of 809 Ford St., Apt. B, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal contempt and third-degree attempted burglary. Mr. Fifield was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $536.31 restitution to Jennifer Austin, whose apartment he was charged with unlawfully entering and—$2,031.43 to the Elks Lodge.

Andrew J. Spearance, 17, of Ogdensburg, was sentenced to probation for his guilty plea on a third-degree attempted burglary charge.

Thomas L. Pruett, 31, of 452 County Route 46, Massena, was sentenced to probation for a driving while intoxicated conviction. Mr. Pruett was stopped Oct. 1 in Norfolk and accused of testing at a BAC of 0.15 percent.

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