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Sun., Aug. 30
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Linsky sentencing appeal withdrawn


CANTON— Prosecutors have withdrawn their motion appealing Zachary D. Linsky’s sentencing, ending a two-month battle between the offices of the St. Lawrence County District Attorney and the Public Defender.

Mr. Linsky, 19, Norwood, was sentenced to 60 days in St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, three years’ probation, was ordered to pay a $1,095 fine and had his driver’s license suspended on July 25 in Potsdam Village Court.

That sentence proved satisfactory to the prosecution, who had been seeking to reinstate felony charges against Mr. Linsky.

“Since filing and serving the notice, the defendant in this case has been sentenced in Justice Court, and based on the severity of the sentence, and with mind to the other equities in this case, we are no longer pursuing this appeal,” Assistant District Attorney Jonathan L. Becker wrote in the notice of withdrawal.

Mr. Linsky, along with Lamarion J. Blanks Jr., 18, Brooklyn, was originally charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The men were stopped on June 2 in Potsdam and found in possession of 250 Ecstasy pills and a small amount of marijuana.

An error in Mr. Linsky’s June 6 preliminary hearing — an assistant district attorney failed to place the Ecstasy pills’ weight on the record — caused Potsdam Village Justice Nicholas J. Pignone to reduce Mr. Linsky’s felony charges to a misdemeanor.

Appeals from both sides, with the prosecution seeking to stay sentencing and reinstate felony charges and the defense pushing to complete sentencing, culminated in Judge Kathleen M. Rogers’ decision to reject all appeals on July 19.

In reaction to the withdrawn appeal, Public Defender Stephen D. Button said he was “thoroughly pleased that justice has prevailed.”

Mr. Becker could not be reached for comment.

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