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New York City man sentenced to prison for Massena March shooting


CANTON — A New York City man was sentenced in St. Lawrence County Court Tuesday to state prison for a March shooting in Massena.

Devian J. Fletcher, 19, New York City, was sentenced to six years in prison by Judge Jerome J. Richards for a second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon conviction.

Mr. Fletcher shot a .22 caliber pistol at a vehicle carrying Patrick R. Lloyd and Miranda M. Green in Massena on March 27. Ms. Green, who was pregnant at the time, was cut by flying glass. Hers was the only reported injury.

Investigators had previously said Lloyd and Fletcher were New York City men who moved to the area and have become rivals in Massena’s drug trade.

Fletcher told police that Lloyd had threatened to kill him, and that the shooting also was in response to Lloyd’s and Green’s attempted kidnapping of Catherine A. Berry, then 17, of 66 Liberty Ave., who Mr. Fletcher said was a friend.

Fletcher admitted in a written statement that he shot at a car carrying Lloydand Green. The gunfire was followed by a seven-hour standoff at the Liberty Avenue home, three people jailed and one other person released following questioning.

“Patrick is trying to kill me since I been here,” Fletcher said at the time of his arrest, adding that he wanted to confront “Problem” over the alleged incident with Berry and because “he has also been giving us problems all the time.”

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

In other court action Tuesday:

■ Christopher A. Lopez, 23, of Union City, N.J., pleaded guilty to felony third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Lopez was arrested by the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force on Oct. 9 along with Christopher J. Sharp, 23, of 1 Ann St., Norfolk, Allen J. Oshier, 30, of 94 Lincoln Ave., Waddington, and Christopher J. Hughes, 32, of 81 Grantville Road, Norfolk.

The arrest followed a traffic stop on Route 37 in the town of Louisville where a sheriff’s department K-9 unit and deputies said a subsequent free air sniff of the vehicle’s exterior led to the discovery of 21 packets of heroin.

Lopez is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10.

■ Joseph J. Schneller, 33, of 145 Taylor Road, Canton, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Shneller had a 0.23 percent blood alcohol content while driving on Aug. 30 on Main Street in Potsdam. He was previously convicted of misdemeanor DWI in Colton Town Court on May 10, 2010.

Schneller is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10.

■ Fernando Johnson, 36, Syracuse, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

On March 12, in the city of Ogdensburg, Johnson was found in possession of cocaine and ecstasy.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10.

■ Christopher Mitchell, 41, of 774 County Route 53, Brasher Falls, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of DWI.

Mitchell had a 0.16 percent blood alcohol content while operating a motorcycle on Route 11C July 27 in the town of Lawrence. He previously was convicted of misdemeanor DWI on May 20, 2008 in Brasher Town Court.

Mitchell is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10.

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