MASSENA - A 22-year-old Massena man was sentenced to serve 15 days in the county jail Tuesday after pleading guilty to a reduced count in Massena Village Court.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Gregory M. Allen of 6 Tracy St., Massena, to pay a $125 surcharge and ordered him to abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection.
Village police had charged Allen with a misdemeanor count of third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury and a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal mischief: intent to damage property stemming from an incident that occurred at about 11:30 p.m. June 20.
He reportedly followed Tanya L. Mathie, described as his ex-girlfriend in court papers filed at the time of the incident, as she was walking back toward Perkins Road and tried to give her a hug when she was near the Massena Central bus garage.
When she would not give him a hug and pushed him away, Allen reportedly responded by slapping Ms. Mathie and punching her in the face. He also allegedly bit her in the right shoulder and kneed her in the abdomen during the incident Ms. Mathiewas taken to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of pain to her mouth. Court documents reported Mathie suffered two broken teeth, one chipped tooth and had three teeth knocked out.
Allen also allegedly threw Ms. Mathies cell phone, breaking it during the dispute.
Mr. Gustafson had warned Allen that even if he accepted the plea bargain and pleaded guilty to the harassment violation he wasnt going to avoid incarceration.
You shouldnt go in with the hope or expectation that you are going to escape jail, but on the positive side for you the maximum sentence for a violation is 15 days, the village justice noted.
But he cautioned Allen the consequences could be worse if he opted to take the assault case to trial. I look at these allegations, and they are horrendous. If you are convicted of assault and the testimony matches up with the allegations that are in the information, you will do a lot of time, he said.
A misdemeanor assault conviction could result in a maximum sentence of one year in the county jail.
Allen, who was represented by St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Nicole Sabasowitz opted to move forward and pleaded guilty to the reduced count.