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Hogansburg man ordered to pay $13.8K restitution

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CANTON— A Hogansburg man convicted of criminal mischief, who then admitted to stealing 12 televisions from Walmart, has been ordered to pay just shy of $14,000 in restitution.

Wendell R. King Jr., 31, of 191 Raquette Point Road, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal mischief on May 14, stemming from an incident in May 2011.

Mr. King stole a 2002 Jeep Liberty from Shawn M. Flanders, Massena, then attempted to drive the vehicle into him while the two were in the Mountain Mart parking lot, South Main Street, Massena, on May 3, 2011.

The Jeep was located shortly after near the South Raquette Road intersection with County Route 37.

He faced several charges, including second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree grand larceny, but the criminal mischief plea was allowed to satisfy the remaining charges.

Mr. King was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state prison by Judge Jerome J. Richards on Aug. 14, as well as ordered to pay Mr. Flanders $7,176.58 in restitution.

During an interview conducted May 17 at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, King admitted to Trooper Daniel W. Manor Jr. that he’d stolen 12 TVs from the Massena and Potsdam Walmart stores in late 2011 and March 2012.

He also confessed to taking two cases of Budweiser Beer during one of the thefts.

Judge Richards ordered him to pay $6,654.56 to Walmart, bringing total restitution to $13,831.14.

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