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Brasher Iron Works man faces year in county jail


MASSENA - A Brasher Iron Works man who reported sent a text to his girlfriend saying he was willing to go to jail to stay in contact with her will apparently be getting his wish.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson is expected to sentence Roger J. Deshane, 40, of 2507 County Route 55, Brasher Iron Works to one year in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility when he returns to court for sentencing on Sept. 18.

Deshane pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal contempt in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s that included a negotiated jail sentence of 365 days in the county jail. Following his guilty plea, Deshane was sent back to the county correctional facility with bail continued at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Village police had charged Deshane with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt. He was charged Saturday following an investigation into a complaint that he had violated an order of protection by texting and calling his ex-girlfriend, Tami L. LaMay.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson had signed an order of protection on April 25 directing Deshane to stay away from Ms. LaMay following his arrest on an aggravated harassment count. That order expires Oct. 31.

Ms. LaMay, in a statement she signed for police on May 23, said Deshane had sent her a text telling her he loved her and would go to jail for life. “This was not sent from Roger’s phone, but I know this was him because he signed the bottom of it. He then sent me another text from his phone (an hour and a half later) with the same message,” she noted in her statement.

The Massena woman said she had been receiving several blocked calls where nobody talks on the other end of the phone except for one occasion when she said Deshane had two words of advice for her. “I know this was Roger because I was with him for five years, and I know his voice. I have an order of protection preventing Roger from contacting me, but he will not stop,” she added.

Deshane had been jailed from his arrest on April 25 on the aggravated harassment count until May 15 when he pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay a $205 surcharge.;

In that case, he admitted he sent repeated text messages to Ms. LaMay after April 20 when a village police officer told Deshane he could face arrest if he continued to contact his ex-girlfriend. He also reportedly left a voice message on LaMay’s 17-year-old daughter’s phone warning her that, if he was arrested, he would be coming to their home when he was released and face another arrest because Ms. LaMay would be dead.

In other recent village court action before Judge Gustafson:

Sierra Saxby Smith, 22, of 555 Irish Settlement Road, Waddington, was resentenced to serve two weekends in jail, time she served on the weekends of July 20-22 and July 27-29 after she admitted she had violated the conditions of her probationary sentence from a previous conviction by failing to make restitution of $69.30 and by failing to report as directed to her probation officer. The $69.30 restitution was reduced to civil judgment.

Her attorney, St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Krista Freego said the weekend sentence of 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday would allow her client to maintain her employment and care for her children.

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