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Massena man sentenced to prison for violating protection order


CANTON — A Massena man was sentenced to prison Tuesday in St. Lawrence County Court for violating an order of protection

Anthony T. LaRock Sr., 39, of 18 Burney Ave., was sentenced to two to four years in prison for convictions on two counts of first degree criminal contempt.

On June 25, 2012, Mr. LaRock was sentenced to five years’ probation after his guilty plea to first-degree criminal contempt after being located in January 2011 at the home of his wife, Tiffany LaRock, while she held an order of protection against him.

At that time the order of protection was continued and on Feb. 7 he violated it a second time when he was found in the cellar of her Norfolk residence after having broken a picture during a domestic dispute.

In addition to his prison sentence, LaRock was ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

In other court action Tuesday:

Michael C. Bennett, 32, Plattsburgh, pleaded guilty to guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On Feb. 23, 2013, on Route 345 in the town of Waddington, Bennett drove into a snowbank. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.28 percent, police said, more than three times the legal limit. Under state law, a BAC of 0.08 percent or more constitutes proof of intoxication. Aggravated DWI is charged if the BAC 0.18 percent or higher.

Additionally, Bennett had two previous misdemeanor DWI convictions, on Dec. 9, 2004 in Plattsburgh Town Court and on July 9, 2009 in Cobleskill Town Court.

St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards released him under the supervision of probation pending sentencing.

In other recent court action:

Terry D. Power, 32, of 300 Franklin St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to one to four years in prison for a third-degree attempted burglary conviction.

On Jan. 26, Power was arrested at Massena Walmart following two shoplifting complaints from the day of his arrest and a previous incident in November. Power had been banned from the Walmart store in August 2012 and was told by store officials he would be charged with trespassing if he entered the store again.

On Nov. 18, Power stole a generator valued at $499 and then walked past the store’s last point of sale without paying for it.

Since he was trespassing at the store, the petit larceny counts were elevated to felony burglary charges.

In addition to his prison sentence, he was ordered to pay $ 140 in restitution and $375 in fines, fees and surcharges.

Brent W. Pelkey, 24, of 10 Cook St., Massena, 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 BAC of 0.12 percent.

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