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Massena man trashes mom’s house again hours after being sentenced for similar incident


MASSENA - A Massena man’s decision early Wednesday morning to trash his mother’s house less than 12 hours after he had been sentenced in village court to complete an anger management program for a similar incident that occurred in January.

Village police charged John A. Warren, 30, of 126 Jefferson Ave., Massena, with fourth-degree criminal mischief at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday.

He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $500 cash or $1,000 bond. The court also signed a temporary order of protection directing him not to harass his mother.

Police said Warren was highly intoxicated and threw the kitchen table at Tina Warren’s residence at 126 Jefferson Ave., breaking a fan and damaging knick knacks in the kitchen.

Police said when they arrived on the scene they heard screaming and discovered Mr. Warren’s friend, Matt Layo, had the 30-year-old Massena man on the floor in a full nelson wrestling hold, He released Warren to police officers.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson had fined $200 and a $125 surcharge Tuesday afternoon for a disorderly conduct conviction that satisfied fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest charges. The court had also placed Warren under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he complete an anger management program.

Village police had charged Warren, with fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest at 12:05 a.m. Jan. 21 following an incident at his mother’s home at 126 Jefferson Ave.

Ms. Warren told police on that occasion her son was upset and drank a large amount of Jack Daniels. She said he then became violent and damaged a kitchen table and chairs before tipping over a planter, covering the carpet with soil.

“John trashed the entire downstairs before the police showed up,” Ms. Warren noted in the statement she signed for police.

Warren also allegedly refused to place his arms behind his back when he was being taken into custody.

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