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Sun., Oct. 4
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Judge warns Massena woman: Don’t steal again


MASSENA - A Massena woman who stole food after she reportedly ran out of food stamps has been granted a one-year conditional discharge.

Bobbi S. Lafountain, 26, of 193 Center St., Apt. 8, Massena, also had her restitution of $89.20reduced to judgment. Lafountain had pleaded guilty to petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied two petit larceny charges. She had been charged with stealing various grocery items, including bacon, sausage and beef tenderloin from Walmart on March 1. The shoplifted groceries were valued at $81.16. She had also been charged with stealing Natural Ice beer from Laneuville’s in April.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Krista Freego told Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson that Lafountain had stolen the food items from Walmart because she had run out of food stamps. She said the items had been recovered, but she said Walmart was seeking restitution because they were perishable groceries.

Lafountain told the court she had kept herself out of trouble for several weeks. “I’ve got a lot of financial stress so I can’t afford any payments, and I’ve got too much going on to go to jail,” she told the court.

Mr. Gustafson warned Lafountain she was receiving her last break in his court. “I’m giving you what I consider a lenient sentence. You get convicted of a petit larceny related offense in this court again, and you are going to jail. Know that up front,” he told the Massena woman.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ John V. Woodard, 34, of 4 Ripley St., Apt. B, Massena, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $100 on a fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property charge.

■ Donald A. Fifield, 24, of 6258 Route 11, Lot 9, Canton, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $100 on menacing, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and trespassing charges.

■ Andrew R. Jensen, 18, of 224 Harper Road, Lisbon, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $2,500 on driving while intoxicated and reckless driving charges. Jensen had also been charged with burglary on two separate occasions earlier this year.

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