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Lisbon man sentenced to prison for gun possession in Massena


CANTON — A Lisbon man found in possession of two handguns, including one with a defaced serial number, following a traffic stop in the village of Massena is headed to state prison.

Brandon R. Graves, 20, of 224 Harper Rd., Lisbon, was sentenced to five years in prison for his March 12 guilty plea to two counts of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class D violent felony.

Massena Village Police had charged Gravesand Danielle S. Jensen, 17, also of 224 Harper Road, Lisbon, each with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Aug. 29. Graves was additionally ticketed for operation of a vehicle with no plate lamp.

Police said during the traffic stop two loaded revolvers - a silver barrel, wooded handle Smith and Wesson .38 special and a black RG Industries .22 caliber - were found in the 2012 Ford Fusion being operated by Graves, with the serial number being obliterated on one of the weapons.

They said Graves was in possession of a small amount of Suboxone in his wallet, and Jensen possessed a cotton filter in her purse that tested positive for heroin. Jensen was additionally charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.

In a statement she signed for police, Jensen said she and Graves, her boyfriend, had come to Massena to meet with Gerry Dissotelle Jr. and other people inside an apartment near the Rusty Wheel on Willow Street.

“Gerry asked Brandon for the keys to the car and when we went to leave. Brandon gave Gerry the keys to our car and Gerry placed his air mattress and some shirts in the trunk of the car. I asked Gerry what it was and Gerry would not tell me,” she said.

Jensen said that, after they were pulled over on Woodlawn Avenue for no plate lamp, Graves consented to a search of the vehicle and police found a bong and guns, along with bullets in her purse.

The .38 had been defaced for the purpose of concealing or preventing the detection of a crime or misrepresenting the identity of the revolver.

In addition to his prison sentence, Graves was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges by St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards.

In other recent court action before Judge Richards:

Florencio J. Verdugo, 23, of 228 Barnhart Road, Massena, was placed on one year of interim probation on a felony driving while intoxicated count.

On Jan.11, Verdugo was stopped by state police on East Orvis Street in the village of Massena for insufficient taillights. They said his license was suspended because of a previous DWI conviction.

Verdugo also was driving someone else’s car that didn’t have an interlock device, which takes the driver’s breath sample before starting. He has been required to have such a device, according to police.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 20.

Nancy Best, 30, of Niagara Falls pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

According to the indictment, Best was in possession of approximately 1.1 pounds of marijuana on Jan. 10 following a traffic stop by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Route 37 at the Route 420 intersection in the village of Massena.

She was remanded to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Brent W. Pelkey, 24, of 10 Cook St., pleaded not guilty to third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and DWI.

Pelkey allegedly stole a car belonging to Robert D. Violi on July 12 and was stopped by state police on Pleasant Street. The grand jury reported that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent. A BAC of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes proof of intoxication under state law.

Pelkey previously was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in St. Lawrence County Court on Oct. 22, 2007. Also on that date, he was convicted of fourth-degree grand larceny and sentenced to one year in St. Lawrence County jail. He was remanded to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility without bail.

An Ogdensburg trash collector was sentenced to prison Monday in St. Lawrence County Court, for burglarizing a customer’s home last summer.

Melvin H. Perry, 46, of 720 Jay St., was sentenced to seven years in prison for his March 20 guilty plea to second-degree burglary.

On June 26, Perry, the owner and operator of Perry’s Trash Removal, walked onto the enclosed front porch of Michael and Gloria McLear’s 1011 New York Ave. home, reached inside the unlocked front door and snatched Mrs. McLear’s wallet containing credit and debit cards. Moments later, court records stated, he met an apparently unsuspecting Mr. McLear in the driveway, handed him a recycling pamphlet and eventually threw the wallet in the Oswegatchie River.

Police said they believed they were targeted because they were customers of Perry and he was familiar with their home.

In court Monday, Perry asked Judge Richards why he was pulled from the possibility to enter chemical dependency treatment.

Judge Richards said Perry’s criminal history started back to 1984 and included 12 misdemeanors and 10 felonies, including convictions for second-degree attempted burglary, second-degree forgery and felony driving while intoxicated.

“This is not about treatment,” Judge Richards said. “It shows that you are a criminal. You have been released from prison since 2002 and you have at least eight, if not nine, arrests since and during that time you have done nothing to deal with the problem.”

In addition to his prison sentence, Perry was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision. He was also ordered to pay $96 in restitution and court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $375

Orders of protection were also issued in favor of Mrs. McLear and Betty Bice, a second customer whose home he was alleged to have entered on July 22 and demanded money from her.

Sean M. Reid-Frost, 27, of 171 Grove St., Gouverneur, was sentenced to six months in St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and 10 years of probation for his March 10 guilty plea to third-degree rape.

Reid-Frost had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl on Oct. 20 and in court Monday Judge Richards said this was the Gouverneur man’s second conviction for having sex with a minor.

“You ought to be requesting a birth certificate before having sex with females,” Judge Richards said. “I’m not kidding, because otherwise you are not very selective. There is a big difference between 17 and 15.”

In addition to his sentence, Reid-Frost was designated a Level 3 sex offender, the classification for an offender deemed to be a high risk to commit another sex offense, and ordered to pay $853.63 in restitution and court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $1,510.30.

Jonathan E. Corbine, 24, 62 Trout Lake Rd., Edwards, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On Aug. 30, Mr. Corbine had a 0.17 percent blood alcohol content while driving on County Route 38 in the town of Norfolk with a 22-month-old as a passenger.

His guilty plea is part of a deal with the district attorney’s office that will allow him to opportunity to plea to a lesser misdemeanor DWI charge and a sentencing to three years of probation if he successful completes one year of interim probation.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

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