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Canton man sentenced to probation, $2,020 in fines for driving drunk in Massena

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CANTON — A Canton man convicted of aggravated driving while intoxicated was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $2,020 in fines and surcharges Monday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Robert H. Murdent, 61, of 11 Jameson Road pleaded guilty on May 15. He was accused of crashing into another vehicle while traveling on Main Street in Massena in April 2011. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, more than double the legal limit, at the time of the accident.

Judge Jerome J. Richards warned Mr. Murdent that subsequent offenses would mean time behind bars.

“I want you to understand that if you do drink alcohol, there will be consequences,” he said. “And by consequences, I mean jail time.”

He called drinking and driving a “pervasive problem” that drivers often encounter without knowing.

“Statistics show that any time you travel on a public highway a distance of more than 30 miles, it’s very likely during that 30-mile trip that you cross paths with someone driving intoxicated,” Judge Richards said.

In other St. Lawrence County Court cases Monday:

n Demarion L. Archie, 21, of Syracuse was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison, which will be added to a sentence he is serving.

Mr. Archie pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted promoting prison contraband on May 14.

Mr. Archie was sentenced as a second felony offender, which carries higher penalties, because he was convicted of felony first-degree assault and felony second-degree assault in Onondaga County in October 2008.

Mr. Archie pleaded guilty to stabbing 13-year-old Kareem Dickerson during an argument that left the youth permanently disabled and was sentenced to five years in state prison.

n Patricia E. Boyea, 45, of Malone, who pleaded guilty on May 14 to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, had her sentencing adjourned to Nov. 19.

Sentencing was adjourned to take advantage of rule changes Judge Richards anticipates will pass within several months. State Senate Bill S7190, which authorizes the transfer of interim probation supervision when a defendant moves to or lives in another county, was delivered to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in late July.

Ms. Boyea will be sentenced to a year of probation which, if successful, will result in earning a misdemeanor DWI plea and having her felony charge vacated.

n Nichole Meunier, 26, of Potsdam also had her sentencing adjourned.

Ms. Meunier, who pleaded guilty to felony third-degree attempted robbery on May 18, was accused of conspiring with two men, Kyle Neuroth and Ronald Freeman, to rob a customer outside the Market Street Sunoco convenience store in Potsdam in November.

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