CANTON - A 24-year-old Ogdensburg man was warned his days of thinking he was fooling everyone with his criminal enterprises were over and he needed to find a job or he was going to end up in prison.
St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards placed Patrick W. Compo of 1 Williams St. on interim probation and adjourned his sentencing for a fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property conviction until October 2013.
Judge Richards stipulated Compo must make monthly payments of $50 on his restitution of $4,319.48 and present his probation officer with five employment applications he has filled out every two weeks until he lands a job.
You are going to have to find a job, something you have never done before. Your days of thinking you are fooling everyone with what you are doing are over. Im done buying it. Your grace period is done, the county court judge said.
Ogdensburg City Police had charged four city men in connection with a pair of tire thefts in the summer and fall of 2011. Joshua R. LaRock of 315 New York Ave., Benjamin B. Ramsey of 1915 Jay St., and Joshua M. Fradja, also of 1915 Jay St., were charged with third-degree burglary.
City police had charged Compo with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
According to police, LaRock, Ramsey and Fradja broke into a warehouse at Regans Collision Service, 904 Champlain St. on July 20, 2010 and stole 16 Cooper brand tires worth $2,602.08. The trio allegedly did it again Sept. 26, 2010, this time taking 28 Cooper tires valued at $3,217.20. Compo had the tires in his possession in October 2010, according to city police.
Nobody buys 16 tires from their cousin without having a real good idea they are hot, Judge Richards suggested.
Compo is scheduled to be released from the county correctional facility in 18 days after serving a nine-month jail sentence after he admitted he had violated the conditions of his probationary sentence for a previous conviction.
The county court judge stressed Compo has to comply with the terms of his interim probation, which also require him to earn his general equivalency diploma within the next 12 months.
You already served nine months in jail. If that doesnt stop you, theres only going to be one place to put you, Judge Richards said, referring to state prison.
St. Lawrence County Chief Assistant District Attorney Amanda N. Nissen had noted the probation departments pre-sentence investigation included a recommended Compo be sentenced to a year in the county jail.
The court is aware of the defendants criminal history and the circumstances of this case. The people ask that he be sentenced to either prison or, if the court is so inclined, the maximum sentence to local time, she said.
But Judge Richards said the plea bargain agreement had called for Compo to be placed on interim probation with stipulations he make monthly restitution payments and complete his GED.
You fail to comply with either of these conditions or are still committing crimes, there will be no probation, he stressed.
He ordered Compo to complete five job applications within two weeks of his release from jail and if he doesnt find employment he must file an additional five employment applications for the following two weeks, a pattern he must follow until he finds a job.
In other recent court action before Judge Richards:
■ Matthew J. Merritt, 26, of 572 County Route 3, Redwood, had his guilty plea to a first-degree criminal contempt count vacated after he told a probation official he had not sent the messages to his ex-girlfriend that violated an order of protection. He indicated during that interview that he didnt even have his phone when the messages were sent and said his mother had been responsible for the texts sent to Rachel Hatch.
The Redwood man had been charged by state police with first-degree criminal contempt after he allegedly violated an order of protection by contacting Ms. Hatch, who had an order of protection against him. Merritt was also charged with third-degree obscenity and second-degree aggravated harassment. Troopers said he allegedly sent obscene photographs to Michelle Hatch.
He told the probation officer it was easier to plead guilty so he could get out of jail. Im going to vacate his plea and set the case on the trial calendar, Judge Richards said.
He also noted Merritt had tested positive for THC, the chemical agreement in marijuana, Monday despite receiving specific instructions from the court during his last court appearance that he was not to possess or consume any illicit substances.
Ms. Nissen asked the court to send Merritt to jail until his trial. Defense attorney Bradford C. Riendeau pointed out his client had historically cut firewood at this time of year and asked the court to set reasonable bail.
Judge Richards sent Merritt to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with no bail set.
■ Mark Lee McIntosh, 45, of 18 Fox Farm Road, Gouverneur, was sentenced to probation for five years, with credit for the one year he completed on interim probation, and ordered to pay $375 in court fees and surcharges for a first-degree criminal contempt conviction. He was represented by St. Lawrence County Conflict Public Defender Amy Dona.
He had been charged with violating a stay away order of protection when he had contact with Angela S. Reed of 1029 Mechanic St.. Ogdensburg, on March 17, 2011.