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Heroin possession lands Massena man in state prison

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CANTON — A Massena man’s possession of heroin landed him in prison Monday in St. Lawrence County Court.

David E. LaBarge, 30, of 150 Maple St., was sentenced to 4 years in prison by County Judge Jerome J. Richards after his Nov. 26 guilty plea to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Judge Richards said Mr. LaBarge was in possession of heroin with the intent to sell it June 17 in the town of Gouverneur.

Mr. LaBarge was sentenced as a second felony offender on the basis of his 2003 conviction of first-degree robbery in Franklin County Court, Malone. Mr. LaBarge was sentenced to seven years in prison on that charge.

In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. LaBarge was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

In other court action this week:

Joseph J. Belile, 29, an inmate at St. Lawrence County jail, formerly of Massena, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony second-degree assault.

It is alleged that on Aug. 15, he assaulted Timothy Thomas, another inmate in the jail.

He was returned to St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held without bail.

Joshua D. Holder, 33, of 29 E. Main St., pleaded not guilty Monday to felony second-degree strangulation.

It is alleged that on June 10, Mr. Holder applied pressure to Christina Mann’s throat, cutting off circulation and preventing her from breathing. Village police said Ms. Mann was living with Mr. Holder, then her boyfriend, when they got into an argument and he started to choke her.

Police arrested Mr. Holder at his residence at the time of the incident and also charged him with second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree assault.

He was released under probation supervision and a no-contact order of protection was issued for Ms. Mann.

John D. LaTray, 50, of 300 Franklin St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty Monday to felony first-degree criminal contempt in a plea offer with the St. Lawrence County district attorney’s office.

On Oct. 14, Mr. LaTray violated a court order of protection held by Nancy L. Bailey when he punched her in the face, causing injury to her eye.

Judge Richards adjourned sentencing to March 3 with a promise that Mr. LaTray will be facing two to four years in prison as a second felony offender. Had he not accepted the plea deal, he was facing life in prison as a persistent felony offender.

Ashley E. Pike, 28, of 228 East Orvis St., Massena, was placed on one year of interim probation supervision Monday for her April 11 guilty plea to felony second-degree burglary.

On Jan. 11, Ms. Pike and co-defendant Lashawn J. Whitfield, 41, of 834 Ford St., Ogdensburg, broke in at a Stanton Road residence in Massena and took an unspecified amount of jewelry.

Ms. Pike’s final sentencing was adjourned to Dec. 8.

Mr. Whitfield pleaded guilty to the same charge on Nov. 18 and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 27. He was released under probation supervision.

Michael T. Neff, 28, of 169 Raquette Point Road, Hogansburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular assault, a felony, and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

On June 2, on Rooseveltown Road, Massena, Mr. Neff was driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated and backed into Robert B. Boots, leaving him with a fractured pelvis and serious upper back injury, police said at the time.

Mr. Neff was reported to have had a blood alcohol content of 0.09 percent two hours after the incident, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

His sentencing was adjourned to March 3.

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