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Gouverneur man sentenced to prison for burglaries

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CANTON - A Gouverneur man was sentenced Friday in St. Lawrence County Court to 4 to 12 years in state prison for his involvement in a string of July burglaries.

Craig M. Murdie, 21, of 23 Emeryville Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary and was sentenced to 2 to 6 years for each count, to run consecutively.

He was ordered to pay $2,446 in restitution on the first count and $8,612 on the second count as well as $750 in court fees and $100 for DNA testing.

Mr. Murdie and his co-defendants were charged with stealing items from a Gouverneur garage, including an air conditioner and two large spools of wiring.

They were also charged with breaking into an abandoned house in the town of Fowler, possessing scrap metal stolen from the town of Philadelphia and stealing copper from the National Grid power station in Fowler.

Also in court, an Ogdensburg man who violated his probationary sentence on a grand larceny conviction was ordered to serve 60 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

■ Nathan L. Jones, 22, of 2332 Montgomery St., was arrested on a warrant for failing to make restitution payments, failure to report to his probation officer and testing positive for marijuana use.

He will be allowed to serve his jail time on weekends after telling County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards that he didn’t want to lose his job, which he said pays between $800 and $1,000 a week.

Assistant District Attorney Amanda N. Nissen questioned why Mr. Jones was being represented by a public defender if his income was so high.

Mr. Jones is required to pay $400 a month in restitution and pay a $50 DNA surcharge fee. His jail sentence begins this weekend.

He was convicted of fourth-degree grand larceny in 2011 for stealing a computer and a Nintendo Wii game system Dec. 29, 2010 from the Potsdam Walmart.

■ Tommy L. Austin, 33, of 804 Mansion Ave., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14.

He was accused of unlawfully entering the home of Brian Middlemiss and Megan Laboda, 905 New York Ave., Ogdensburg, on Aug. 29. He also allegedly choked Mr. Middlemiss and punched him in the face.

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