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Lloyd sent to prison for eight years for attempted kidnapping of Massena woman

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CANTON — The New York City man who attempted to kidnap a Massena woman last year was sentenced to prison Thursday after several adjournments since November.

Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, was sentenced to eight years in prison for a felony second-degree attempted kidnapping conviction.

Lloyd, along with Miranda M. Green, 19, of 37 Howard St., Massena, pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to shoving Catherine A. Berry, then 18, to the ground and punching and kicking her in the face several times Feb. 16, 2013. The couple admitted to stopping Ms. Berry on the street, restraining her hands and trying to force her into their vehicle before their actions drew the attention of neighbors in the Sycamore Street area where the incident took place. Ms. Berry suffered bruises and facial swelling.

Lloyd had come to be the face of heroin turf wars in Massena prior to his arrest on federal drug trafficking charges early last fall, Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said Thursday’s sentence sent a clear message.

“Mr. Lloyd played a central role in the heroin problem that came to Massena. It’s quite clear now that he won’t be playing a role in it as we go forth. Our agency, along with many others, spent a great deal of time and money to dismantle his operation, and it is quite pleasing to see him held responsible for his actions.Even though we continue to deal with a heroin issue here in Massena and we have lots of work to, this is great news for the good citizens of Massena,” Mr. Currier said.

At the time of his guilty plea, Lloyd was represented by attorney Edward F. Narrow of Syracuse. Mr. Narrow was replaced by attorney Stanley L. Cohen of New York City, who said Lloyd accepted the original plea deal only because he was led to believe that his sentence would be recommended concurrent to his federal sentencing on drug-trafficking charges.

Lloyd is under federal indictment by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of New York on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, more than 28 grams crack cocaine, and heroin, in Franklin, St. Lawrence and Clinton counties.

That was not the case, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards said.

Judge Richards reviewed court transcripts with Mr. Cohen and Assistant District Attorney Joshua A. HaberkornHalm, and determined he was not bound to any such commitment.

Lloyd, when asked if he had anything to say about his crime, said that “I wish I could turn back the hands of time” and that he wanted to move forward with his life.

He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted in New York County Court on Sept. 7, 2006 on a felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance count.

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

He originally was scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 6. Sentencing was adjourned until Jan. 13 and again Feb. 24. The first two adjournments were due to pending federal drug trafficking charges. The last was because Mr. Cohen failed to appear.

Before sentencing, Judge Richards threatened to sanction Mr. Cohen with a fine of $659.05 to offset the Massena Village Police Department’s costs for gas and personnel used to transport Lloyd from Plattsburgh, where he has been held on the federal charges, to Canton.

That sanction was waived when Mr. Cohen said his office had been overwhelmed with the New York City trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Graith, whom Mr. Cohen represented. He said that in the 20 years he has been coming to St. Lawrence County Court, he has never failed to at least alert the court he would not be able to attend a hearing.

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