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Massena man faces no worse than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary count


CANTON - A Massena man will be sentenced to no more than eight years in state prison after pleading guilty to a burglary count in St. Lawrence County Court.

Kevan G. Therrien, 59, formerly of 77 Grove St. and staying at the Quality Inn at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in a plea bargain agreement that St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button said included a commitment from the court to sentence his client to no more than eight years in state prison.

Therrien faces a minimum sentence of five years in state prison as a second felony offender.

An emotional Therrien, who acknowledged during his plea that he was on medication for mental health issues, admitted he had illegally entered a Maple Street residence on Aug. 6 in the village of Massena with the intent to commit a crime. He said he thought he was going to pay for sex.

St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 11. The court also signed a temporary order of protection directing Therrien to have no contact with the woman whose home he entered.

The Massena man had been charged with entering a female acquaintance’s apartment without permission and groping her while she slept.

He had been charged with felony counts of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny and a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching in the early morning hours of Aug. 6.

Therrien allegedly broke into the 20-year-old’s Grove Street apartment and forcibly groped the woman’s intimate parts while she was sleeping. The alleged victim’s screams reportedly led Therrien to jump away and leave the apartment. The woman told police she had seen Therrien at church that Sunday morning, and they had smoked a cigarette together after the service.

She said Therrien gave her back $5 that she had previously lent him. The woman told police she was gone for much of the day and took her medication before going to sleep at approximately 11:30 p.m. Aug. 5. “I was then woken up my someone sitting on top of me,” she said, noting she knew his identity by his first name only from church.

She said the man had both of his hands underneath her clothing.

“I let out a huge scream and jumped out of my bed. Kevin then backed away from me. I kept screaming at Kevin telling him to get out, ‘I’m calling the police.’ Kevin then told me he will be back later tonight. I asked Kevin what do you mean, and he just stated, ‘I will be back later,’” the alleged victim noted in her statement to police.

She also told police after Therrien left her apartment she discovered her keys and wallet were missing.

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