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Massena man sentenced to year in county jail for assault convictions

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MASSENA - A Massena man charged with beating a visitor at his home on two separate occasions over a six-month period was sentenced to one year in the county jail after pleading guilty to two assault counts.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also fined Cory A. Tuper, 28, of 111 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, $200 and ordered him to make restitution of $300 for his conviction to two counts of third-degree assault in a plea bargain that satisfied several other charges pending from the two incidents. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fee to submit a sample of DNA to the state database.

Mr. Gustafson sentenced Tuper to the one-year concurrent terms that had been part of the plea bargain agreement. Defense attorney Gregory Storie said his client has been jailed for 141 days. With credit for good time for the days he has already been jailed on the charge, he could be eligible for release in August

Village police had charged Tuper with third-degree assault and unlawful possession of marijuana after responding to his apartment at approximately 4:40 p.m. Dec. 31.

Tuper was additionally charged with resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.

According to his statement to police, Mark S. Lefrancois, 45, of 207 Water St., Fort Jackson, was assaulted by Tuper as he was attempting to leave after having a few drinks with Patti Snyder at the apartment.

“At around 10:30 a.m. I went over to Patti Snyder’s apartment at 111 Woodlawn Ave. in Massena. I spent a few hours drinking at Patti’s,” he said. “Shortly before the police arrived Patti told me that I was not going to stay all day drinking.”

As he then attempted to leave the apartment, Mr. Lefrancois said the problems began.

“I started to leave Patti’s house and Cory Tuper told me to ‘Get the ... out of here,’” he recalled. “Cory grabbed a hold of me and started to punch me. I fell to the floor and Cory continued to punch me. I told Cory to stop hitting me. Patti also told Cory to stop hitting me and he did not. Cory had me pinned to the floor and wouldn’t let me get up and leave.”

At that point, Mr. Lefrancois said, Ms. Snyder called the police, who arrived while Mr. Lefrancois was still there.

“The police asked Cory what was going on and he started fighting with them,” Mr. Lefrancois said. “The police officers arrested Cory and he still fought with them.”

Mr. Lefrancois also noted the police contacted the Massena Volunteer Rescue Squad, who were dispatched to the scene and took him to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Tuper had been charged with a felony count of second-degree assault following an incident on Oct. 2 after police responded to his residence for a report of a male seeking transport to the hospital for treatment of injuries he had suffered in an altercation. Prosecutors later made a motion reducing the felony count to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.

Mr. Lefrancois told police on that occasion Tuper had punched him twice in the face and then kicked him approximately a dozen times in the face after he fell to the floor. Police said Mr. Lefrancois was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue. He reportedly suffered numerous contusions and was bleeding from his eye at the scene of the altercation.

Mr. Lefrancois said he had been invited into the residence by Ms. Snyder, but Tuper ordered him to leave. He said Ms. Snyder again told him he could stay before Tuper attacked him.

In other recent court action:

■ Benjamin C. Lapp, 17, of 27 Park Ave., Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge and placed under a one-year conditional discharge after a third-degree criminal mischief count was returned to local court and reduced to a disorderly conduct violation in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

Lapp reportedly became upset on July 22 when his uncle, Dana G. Parnaby, yelled at him for drinking his Diet Mountain Dew. He allegedly threw the soda and punched Mr. Parnaby’s 2003 GMC Sonoma several times, leaving the truck with dents to the hood, front passenger side door and rear passenger side quarter panel.

■ Noel R. Clark, 25, of 17 Somerset Ave, Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. If she remains arrest free for the next six months, the charge will be dismissed.

Village police had charged Clark with second-degree harassment following an investigation into an incident that took place on Sept. 23 on East Orvis Street. She was reportedly giving her estranged husband, David Clark, a ride when an argument broke out and after he stepped out of the vehicle she allegedly threw a cup of water on him and then threw a soda bottle at him.

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