MASSENA - A 46-year-old Massena man was sentenced to serve 60 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to an attempted criminal mischief count.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced Kevin Lashomb, who had been staying at 45 Willow St. for three days prior to his arrest on Sept. 14, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief.
St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew S. Botts said the plea bargain agreement called for the court to sign a no contact order of protection for the victim and to order restitution of $100 for repairs to a door that was damaged in the incident that occurred earlier this year.
Defense attorney Denice Goodrich said her client had agreed the restitution amount could be finalized in the pre-sentence investigation. But with both parties agreeing restitution - based on court documents - was $100 Mr. Gustafson suggested the pre-sentence investigation might not be necessary. Lashomb has made several appearances in village court in recent years.
Ordering a PSI for Mr. Lashomb seems like a waste. I will be sentencing him to a little more time and signing a conditional discharge, Mr. Gustafson said.
The court then sentenced Lashomb to jail time - he will receive credit for the time he has been incarcerated since Sept. 14 - placed him under a conditional discharge and signed an order of protection.
Village police picked up Lashomb on an arrest warrant Sept. 14 charging him with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass. The warrant had been signed April 2 by Mr. Gustafson.
Lashomb reportedly damaged the door at the residence of Denise Brothers, 101 Andrews St., Apt. 1, on Feb. 28. He also reportedly entered her apartment without her permission at 2 a.m. Feb. 28.
She told police she had spent the night at a friends residence and returned home at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 28 to find her front door broken and Lashomb drinking a beer in her living room.
All my doors were locked when I left. I have let Kevin stay at my apartment about four times in the last two months. At no time have I given him permission to come into my apartment when it is locked. He does not have a key to my apartment ..., Ms. Brothers said in a statement she signed for police at the time of the incident.
I have known him for years and felt bad for him because he is homeless, she said, noting the previous week she had to call the rescue squad when Lashomb overdosed in her apartment.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
■ Jason P. Kennedy, 39, of 42 Marie St., Massena, was sent back to the county jail after making an appearance on an aggravated driving while intoxicated count. Kennedy is jailed until November by St. Lawrence County Family Court for failing to pay child support.
Village police had charged Kennedy with aggravated driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right following a traffic stop at 8:50 p.m. April 28, 2012 on the Maple Street Extension. Police said a patrol stopped Kennedys vehicle after observing him driving erratically on the Parker Avenue Bridge.
He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.23 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. A blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent of higher elevates a DWI charge to aggravated DWI.
St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department deputies had charged Kennedy with second-degree criminal contempt Aug. 12 following an investigation into an incident Aug. 10 at Whittaker Park in Waddington. Kennedy is alleged to have consumed alcohol and been under the influence of alcohol in the presence of his children, violating a Family Court order of protection.
■ Charles H. Beshaw Jr., 24, of 57 Kent Falls Road, Morrisonville, was fined $200 in fines and $130 in surcharges after pleading guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct. He was also sentenced to the three days he had served in the county jail at the time of his arrest and was placed under a one-year conditional discharge.
It was a pretty expensive 18-pack, Mr. Gustafson told Beshaw.
Village police charged Beshaw with petit larceny and resisting arrest at 3:08 a.m. Sept. 29 after he was taken into custody on East Orvis Street after shoplifting an 18 pack of beer from Sunoco on Main at West Orvis Street. Police said Beshaw ran from the store and refused to comply with several orders from police to stop before he was taken into custody after a short foot chase on East Orvis Street.
■ Amy L. Bower, 23, of 11 Roosevelt Ave., Massena, was fined $500 and a $260 surcharge after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired in a plea bargain agreement. Her operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.
Massena-based state police had charged Bower with driving while intoxicated and ticketed her for a stop sign violation and for making an illegal turn by signalling less than 100 feet from the turn following a traffic stop at 2:30 a.m. Aug. 10 on Main Street. Troopers said they found her vehicle stopped in the intersection on Main at East Orvis.