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Potsdam man sentenced to weekends in jail for striking kids

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CANTON - A 25-year-old charged with striking his then-girlfriend’s two male children under 7 years of age has been placed on probation for five years and ordered to serve four months of weekends in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards sentenced Joshua Tyo of 5644 state Route 56, Apt. 2, Potsdam, to serve from 4:30 p.m. Fridays to 6 a.m. Mondays in the county jail for the next 120 days. He was also directed to make restitution of $413.29 and to pay $375 in court fees and surcharges for his second-degree assault convictions.

He had been charged with slapping both boys, who were 5 and 4 at the time of the July 2011 incident in the town of Pierrepont, in the buttocks and one of the boys in the back of the head. The court also signed a no contact order of protection directing Tyo to stay away from the two boys.

Defense attorney Lloyd G. Grandy II had asked the court to consider the weekend sentence rather than a straight four-month jail sentence so his client could continue his full-time employment.

In other recent court action before Judge Richards:

■ Samuel B. Sevick, 25, of 1533 County Route 47, Winthrop, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class C felony. He was charged with possessing two counterfeit $20 bills on April 15 in the village of Massena. He is represented by attorney William John Galvin.

Sevick’s release under the supervision of the probation department was continued after he tested negative for drug use.

■ Marcus L. Racine, 29, of 92 E. Orvis St., Massena, pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He allegedly possessed a counterfeit $20 bill on March 17 in the village of Massena. He was represented by St. Lawrence County Conflict Public Defender Amy Dona.

Racine’s release under the supervision of the probation department was revoked, and he was sent to the county jail with no bail after he tested positive for opiates and cocaine. He also reportedly admitted to probation officials that he had consumed alcohol this past weekend and smoked marijuana within the past two weeks.

Judge Richards also directed the probation department to have Racine evaluated for substance abuse while he is incarcerated.

Racine questioned why he was being jailed without bail being set.

“You can’t comply with the conditions the court imposed. You apparently didn’t learn your lesson the first time. Bail wouldn’t stop you from doing coke, smoking marijuana and going to bars,” the county court judge responded.

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