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Massena man has plans for new year: jail time


MASSENA - A Massena was resentenced to serve 90 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after he admitted he had violated the conditions of his probationary sentence.

But Massena Town Justice James M. Crandall granted St. Lawrence County Conflict Public Defender Amy Dona’s request to have her client start serving his jail sentence after the holidays so he could spend them with his two children.

Mr. Crandall ordered Joseph R. McMahon, 21, of 29 Elm St. to report to the county jail at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 4.

“It seems to be a reasonable request to want to be with your children on Christmas. I’ll take a chance on you,” the town justice told McMahon.

McMahon had been sentenced to a three-year probationary sentence on June 27 for an endangering the welfare of a child conviction.

Since being placed on probation, McMahon reportedly admitted to probation officers that he had smoked marijuana and consumed alcohol. He had also failed to provide mandated urine samples including one incident on Aug. 23 when he was given four hours to provide a sample,

Ms. Dona had asked the court to consider sentencing her client to serve just weekends in custody for the next three months. Probation officials suggested McMahon’s behavior since being placed on probation indicated he was not a good candidate to serve anything other than straight time.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Wesley D. Cook of 419 Rooseveltown Road, Apt. 13, Rooseveltown, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of fourth-degree criminal mischief. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 20.

He had been charged with damaging two wooden chairs and a wooden table Sept. 11 at Sweet Flag Estates. The furniture was valued at $800.

Court documents indicated Cook was upset with John Oakes for talking to a female he liked, so the Rooseveltown man responded by tipping over the table and two chairs in the common area at Sweet Flag Estates.

■ Rebecca L. Kruseck, 34, of 1669 County Route 53, Brasher Falls, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge after a prohibited sale of alcohol count was reduced to disorderly conduct.

Kruseck was working as a clerk at The Corner Store, Route 37, at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 1 when she sold a 12-pack of Milwaukee Ice Beer to an 18-year-old. The teenager was accompanied to the store by a state trooper in plain clothes working an underage drinking enforcement detail.

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