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Massena man fined for punching girlfriend in face

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MASSENA -A Massena man charged with punching his girlfriend in the face when she tried to break up an argument between her boyfriend and her mother has been fined after pleading guilty to a reduced count.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Demetrius J. Golden, 30, of 177 1/2 Center St., Massena, $75 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection. Prosecutors had agreed to reduce a misdemeanor assault charge to the harassment violation in a plea bargain agreement.

He had been charged with third-degree assault following an incident at 7:05 p.m. April 4 at 177 1/2 Center St. He allegedly punched Christina L. Rizzo in the left eye during the dispute, leaving her with a black eye, swelling and a small cut.

Her mother, Teresa M. Wrenovics, said a verbal argument she was having with Golden turned physical.

“I was in the kitchen arguing with Demetrius about him not doing any dishes so we could make the kids dinner. So Demetrius got furious, and he got up in my face spitting at me,” she noted in her statement to police.

Ms. Wrenovics said she put her arm up in self defense.

“I gave him three warnings to get out of my face. So I kept my right arm up, keeping Demetrius back and I made his back up some. Then Demetrius punched me in my right breast,” she told police.

Ms. Rizzo said she was in another room when she heard the commotion and came into the kitchen in an effort to protect her mother and separate the combatants.

“Then I told my mom to call the cops and she didn’t even get to her cell phone and that’s when Demetrius punched me in the eye,” she noted in her statement to police.

Golden had received a similar plea bargain agreement in March 2009 stemming from a previous domestic dispute with Ms. Rizzo.

In that case, the Massena man had been charged with grabbing his child’s mother, Ms. Rizzo, by the throat and slapping her while she was holding the baby

Mr. Gustafson had fined Golden $100 and a $125 surcharge, placed him under a conditional discharge and directed him to abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection for that conviction.

Golden admitted he had grabbed Ms. Rizzo by the throat and slapped her across the face during a domestic dispute at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 11, 2008.

He allegedly got upset with Ms. Rizzoand grabbed her by the throat, pinning her against the wall and slapping her across the face.Golden also allegedly ripped the phone from the wall and pulled the cord out when Rizzo attempted to call police on that occasion.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Christopher Musante, 53, of 14 Chase St., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. He had been charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree harassment following an October 2011 incident when he allegedly pushed a woman described in court papers as his girlfriend, Jennifer Robert, up against a washing machine, held her there and blocked the doorway to prevent her escape.

■ Mark W. Premo, 29, of 1616 County Route 38, Norfolk, had a seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance count dismissed as part of a plea bargain agreement on a case in St. Lawrence County Court.

He had been sentenced to one year of interim probationafter pleading guilty guilty in December to two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of attempted third-degree burglary.

If Mr. Premo violates his probationary period, Judge Jerome J. Richards said he could be sentenced up to 18 years in prison.

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