MASSENA - A 28-year-old Moira man charged with stealing over $3,000 worth of electronic items from the Massena Walmart store has been sentenced to serve one year in jail for a petit larceny conviction.
Massena Acting Village Justice James M. Crandall also ordered Marcel O. Cox of 102 Tupper St., Moira, to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit his DNA to the state database.
Village police had charged Cox and Haley M. Wilcox of 777 Route 11, Moira, with fourth-degree grand larceny on Dec. 23 following a shoplifting incident at Walmart. Both were also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Cox had reportedly been in possession of a small amount of marijuana and three acetaminophen hydrocodone.
Prosecutors had previously made a motion to reduce the grand larceny count to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. Cox told Mr. Crandall that he had been in jail since December and had already served five-and-a-half months on the larceny charge. He also indicated he is awaiting sentencing in Franklin County.
I learned my lesson, Cox told the court. Im looking forward to being with my family.
Mr. Crandall told the former Massena man that he and his associates had made an impression since relocating to Franklin County. You and your buddies are making yourselves famous over there, he said.
Cox wondered if he would be returning to the Franklin County Jail, where he had been held prior to his Massena court date, or start serving his sentence at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.
Will I be able to serve my time in Franklin County? How is all of this going to work out? My stuff is all over there, he noted.
Mr. Crandall told Cox that decision would be made by jail administrators.
Cox had been charged with leaving the store without paying for Xbox 360s, televisions and other electronics equipment on Dec. 15 and again on Dec. 23. The merchandise stolen was valued at $1,604.14 on Dec. 23 and $1,625.84 on Dec. 15.
In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:
■ Melissa B. Wheeler, 27, of 500 County Route 8, Brushton, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 22.
Village police had picked up Wheeler and William A. Beyers Jr., 35, of 394 Hazen Road, North Lawrence, on arrest warrants at 10:10 p.m. July 6 after they were located in Malone by the Malone Police Department. They were charged with third-degree burglary, petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child.
The couple allegedly walked out of the Massena Walmart without paying for a generator valued at $499 and a car cover valued at $69.96 at 6:20 p.m. June 1. The burglary count was charged since Wheeler and Beyers had previously been barred from being on Walmart property after previous incidents, so they allegedly illegally entered the building with the intent to commit the crime of petit larceny. Prosecutors later filed an information replacing the felony charge with a third-degree criminal mischief count.
The plea bargain agreement also satisfied petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child charges stemming from an incident on Dec. 14. Wheeler allegedly walked past the last point of sale without paying for a Gateway computer valued at $647.
In recent court action before Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow:
■ Carl J. Oakes, 55, of 56 George St., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. If he remains arrest free for the next six months, the charges will be dismissed.
Oakes faced three felony charges after he allegedly stole an acquaintances truck when the vehicles owner moved to Florida and then forged that mans name on the title so he could register the 1988 GMC pick up.
Massena-based state police had charged Oakes with fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Those charges were later reduced to misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and third-degree forgery.
He was charged with stealing the 1988 pick up from Floyd Guyette and then signing Mr. Guyettes name on a vehicle registration/title application so he could register the truck in his own name.
Mr. Guyette told troopers he had been in Florida for approximately two years and when he returned home in June 2012 he discovered the 1988 pickup was missing from his property.
I heard recently that my truck was registered and being driven by Carl Oakes. Carl use to hang around here back in the day. When I heard this, I went into my office and noticed the title to the truck is missing. The fireproof box was busted open, Mr. Guyette noted in the statement he signed for state police.