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Convicted rapist gets 15 years in prison


CANTON— The man convicted of kidnapping and raping a Canton woman in June 2011 was sentenced to 15 years in state prison in St. Lawrence County Court Monday.

Joshua J. Lake, 29, of 56 Post Road, Canton, was also sentenced to 20 years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $1,425 in charges.

Lake, who pleaded guilty to first-degree rape on June 20, committed crimes that St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duve called “sadistic, egregious and cruel.”

In June 2011, Lake’s victim called the 911 center to report that she had been held overnight, beaten and sexually abused at Lake’s home, She managed to escape, fled to a neighbor’s house and called police.

The victim was not seeking the maximum penalty of 19 years in prison, according to Brian D. Pilatzke, Lake’s attorney, who told Judge Jerome J. Richards that her voice should be “considered strongly.”

Judge Richards, however, saw it differently.

“The fact of the matter is, in our society there aren’t many crimes considered more serious than rape,” Judge Richards said. “It is a question of punishment, despite what your victim wants.”

Mr. Lake was originally charged with three counts of first-degree rape, five counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

In other St. Lawrence County Court cases Monday:

Steven St. Andrews, 29, currently a state prison inmate from St. Lawrence County, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in state prison and five years’ post release supervision.

Mr. St Andrews, who pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, was sentenced as a second felony offender, which mandates stiffer penalties. He was previously convicted of second-degree burglary. The maximum expiration date on that six-year prison term is February 2014.

Tyler W. Douglas, 20, of 351 Scotch Settlement Road, Gouverneur, was sentenced to one year of interim probation and ordered to pay $932.74 in restitution.

Mr. Douglas, who pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary on Feb. 10, was accused of breaking into and stealing a gun, tools and other household items from a camp on Peabody Road in Dec. 2011.

Craig C. Chapman, 60, of 226 Route 420, Winthrop, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana and was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge.

Mr. Chapman originally pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sale of marijuana on June 24, 2011. Probation officials reported that he had paid restitution and passed all drug tests, and Judge Richards vacated the original felony plea.

He was accused of selling 41.4 grams of marijuana in the town of Stockholm on March 26, 2010.

Michael A. Remillard, 31, of 616 State St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor criminal contempt.

Mr. Remillard was accused of making contact with a woman who had an order of protection against him on July 25, 2011 and Nov. 27.

He faces up to two years in jail, one for each count, at sentencing set for Oct. 9.

Cristina R. Crosby, 26, of 514 Crescent St., Apt. 4, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

She was accused of allowing a drug dealer to sell cocaine from her home in exchange for money, as well as flushing marijuana down the toilet when police came to her residence on April 11.

Ms. Crosby will be sentenced Oct. 9.

Alyssa J. Douglas, 25, of 502 Grove St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to one year of interim probation. She pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny on May 4.

As a condition of interim probation, Ms. Douglas will attend McPike Addiction Treatment Center, located in Utica, when a bed becomes available.

Sentencing was adjourned and her case will be re-evaluated on July 29, 2013.

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