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Lefrancois granted ACD after defense questions merits of assault charge

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MASSENA - A Massena man charged with choking his girlfriend out during a domestic dispute that also resulted in her arrest has been granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Village police had charged Mark S. Lefrancois, 44, and Patricia A. Snyder, 47, both of 111 Woodlawn Ave. with assault following a domestic dispute at 2:27 a.m. June 11 at their residence.

Lefrancois was charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly grabbed Snyder by the throat with both hands and “choked her out.”

Snyder was charged with third-degree attempted assault. Lefrancois told police Snyder had punched him in the face, head and right arm. She pleaded guilty to a reduced count of second-degree harassment, a violation, in June and was ordered to pay a $125 surcharge.

Police said the couple were heavily intoxicated, belligerent and uncooperative when they responded to the domestic dispute complaint at their residence.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison Appleby had argued the paperwork filed with the charge failed to meet the criteria for an assault count. She suggested red marks and bruises were not sufficient to meet the standards for an assault count and argued there was no corroborating evidence indicating the victim had suffered substantial pain or impairment.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson told Lefrancois the assault charge would be dismissed if he committed no further offenses in the next six months.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Michael D. Laplant, 23, of 4 Main St., Norfolk, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he complete 10 hours of community service within the next 90 days.

He had been charged with matching upc symbols from a pair of jeans to an old receipt and then brought the jeans and receipt to the service center and received a $10.26 return.

■ Brian D. Capstraw, 44, of East Hatfield St., Massena, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Nov. 20.

He had been charged with shoplifting a package of dye from Price Chopper on Sept. 12. Capstraw reportedly paid for coffee creamer and a bag of chips but left without paying for the hair dye package he had stuffed in the front of his pants.

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