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Potsdam man admits assault attempt with sword

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CANTON - A Potsdam man admitted trying to assault his uncle with a sword Wednesday in St. Lawrence County Court and was released from county jail to start a hospital rehabilitation program.

Mohamed R. “Ray” Bourhouat, 25, of 37 Waverly St., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault, a Class E felony, in connection with an Aug. 5 incident at 6 Berkley Drive, Potsdam.

He admitted trying to physically harm his uncle, Alex Bennani, with a sword. During a struggle for the weapon, Mr. Bennani suffered significant cuts to three fingers on his right hand, including his index, middle and ring fingers.

Mr. Bourhouat also pleaded guilty to second-degree driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. He admitted driving while intoxicated June 29, 2011 in the Munson Street parking lot, Potsdam.

St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards released Mr. Bourhouat from jail under probation supervision and transferred him to Canton-Potsdam Hospital for rehab treatment.

“If you violate the conditions of your probation, you could be sentenced up to four years in state prison,” the judge warned.

Judge Richards also advised Mr. Bourhouat that his guilty pleas to criminal charges could also impact his immigration status in the United States. Sentencing on both charges is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Feb. 19.

In other court action, Karin U. Pataky, 40, Gouverneur, was sentenced to three years’ probation for her conviction of second-degree criminal contempt.

Theodore P. Finnerty, 29, of 508 Little Bow Road, Gouverneur, pleaded not guilty to felony charge of driving while intoxicated and was released under probation supervision. He is accused of driving a Honda all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated July 26 on Clinton Street, village of Gouverneur.

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