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Massena man sent back to jail on menacing count


MASSENA - A Massena justice sent a local man accused of threatening a house mate with a gun last week back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and ordered the probation department to have the man undergo an alcohol and substance abuse evaluation.

Village police had charged John W. Holmes, 23, of 10 West Ave., Massena, with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a single count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon at 7:45 p.m. April 30 at his residence.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow continued Holmes’s bail at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond and adjourned the case until May 21. The St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office waived the timeliness of a preliminary hearing pending the results of the evaluation.

Holmes was reportedly in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver with a brown wooden grip and a Titan Tiger .38 Special revolver with a brown wooden handle as well as a switchblade knife. He is not allowed to possess the weapons due to a prior criminal conviction, police said.

Holmes was convicted of fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana in October 2009 in Tupper Lake Village Court.

Village police responded to 10 West Ave. at approximately 6:50 p.m. April 30 to a report of a possible suicidal subject, who had reportedly contacted another person by phone and indicated he had just shot his roommate and was threatening to harm himself. That person shared the information with village police.

Police said they were able to initiate phone contact with Holmes, and he exited the residence a short time later and was taken into custody. They said when they did a protective sweep of the residence they located a black revolver inside a brown holster on top of a night stand next to a bed.

Daniel B. Beaudoin, 28, told village police he had been living at 10 West Ave. with Holmes, whom he referred to as his buddy, for approximately the past month. He told police the police he and Holmes had been drinking that evening.

“John was extremely intoxicated and looking for a fight. He just wanted to start something. He was so drunk he wasn’t even making sense,” Mr. Beaudoin noted in a statement he provided police.

“My brother and him got into a small argument. At this time, John went up to his bedroom and got his six-shot .38 Special ... John unholstered the gun and held it at his side. John kept saying, ‘Get out of my house, get out of my house.’ At no point did John point the gun at me or my brother,” he added.

Mr. Beaudoin told police he was able to convince Holmes to give him the gun, and he said he placed it on top of the gun cabinet, noting when he held the gun he could tell it was loaded with a full six rounds.

“As soon as I put the gun on the gun cabinet, I was able to get my stuff and get out of the house,” Mr. Beaudoin noted in his statement.

Court documents indicated Holmes’s father, Chester W. Holmes, who also lives at 10 West Ave., was not home at the time of the incident. He was reportedly out of the state when the incident occurred.

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