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Massena man’s attorney can’t keep man with more than 50 misdemeanor arrests out of jail

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MASSENA - A Massena man was sentenced to 45 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility for an attempted assault conviction that satisfied charges from three separate domestic incidents with his wife late last summer and fall.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Christopher A. Northrup, 39, of 9835 Route 11, Apt. 2A, Winthrop, formerly of 587 South Main St., Massena and Parker Avenue, Massena, to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database. The surcharge was reduced to civil judgment.

Village police had charged Northrup with third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief at 2:21 a.m. Oct. 27 after responding to a domestic dispute complaint.

Northrup pleaded guilty to a third-degree attempted assault count in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied the assault and criminal mischief counts as well as harassment and endangering the welfare of a child counts stemming from an incident on Oct. 4 and a harassment count stemming from an incident on Aug. 22.

The couple were reportedly returning home from Friar Tucks in the early morning hours of Oct. 27 when Northrup punched his wife, Cassondra, several times. She reportedly suffered several lacerations to her tongue and lips. The argument reportedly continued when the couple returned home, and Northrup allegedly took his wife’s keys and phone and threw them across the yard.

He also reportedly dragged Ms. Northrup across the yard.

Defense attorney Effie Kyriakopolous told the court prior to sentencing that her client was hoping to avoid a jail sentence.

She noted Northrup, who has over 50 misdemeanor arrests, has had no contact with police in the past six months.

“That’s nearly a miracle,” Mr. Gustafson interjected.

Ms. Kyriakopolous said Northrup is also currently enrolled in outpatient treatment at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and has been working with Child Protective Services in an effort to get his daughter out of foster care, noting he currently has weekly supervised visits with his child.

She told the court her client was requesting that he either be sentenced to probation or an intermittent jail sentence allowing him to be incarcerated on weekends so he could continue with his treatment program during the week.

Mr. Gustafson denied that request.

“You are not a candidate for probation. Mr. Northrup, you should be extremely grateful to Ms. Kyriakopolous. It’s got to be impressive that she was able to find something nice to say about a guy with your criminal history. I hope I don’t see you back here again, but I’m not hopeful,” the village justice acknowledged.

Village police had charged Northrup with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child at 11:31 p.m. Oct. 4. Police said in that incident an argument broke out over someone eating the last of the ice cream. He reportedly pushed his wife into the bedroom and onto the bed. The argument took place in the presence of the couple’s children - ages 6, 11 and 13.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

• Patrick Barber, 25, of 183 Center St., Massena, was sent to the county jail with bail set at $1,000 cash following his arraignment on a petit larceny count in village court.

Village police had charged Barber with petit larceny at 9:04 p.m. Friday on West Hatfield Street.

Barber allegedly walked past the last point of sale earlier in the day without paying for $141.30 worth of beer and pet food.

He had been charged by village police on June 29 with petit larceny following the investigation of a shoplifting incident on June 6 at Walmart, where Barber allegedly stole $92.26 worth of beer.

Village police also charged Barber with petit larceny at 7:11 a.m. June 23 after responding to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart. He reportedly walked past the store’s last point of sale without paying for $64.41 worth of beer on that occasion.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby said Barber wanted to become involved in an in-patient treatment program when a bed becomes available. Mr. Gustafson said he would be willing to release Barber from jail when a treatment bed is available.

• Jared F. Garrow, 19, of 17 Tamarack St., Massena, was released from the county jail and placed under the supervision of the probation department.

He had been at the county correctional facility on $500 bail since being charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child after police responded to a domestic dispute complaint at 9:35 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

Garrow reportedly became upset when he returned home Sunday morning and his mother confronted him about his alleged alcohol and drug use. He told his mother he had been at a graduation party, according to court documents.

Laurie Hebert told police her son started yelling and swearing at her and slamming his bedroom door in an argument that took place in front of her 3-year-old daughter.

The harassment charge alleges Garrow shoved a police officer while he was being questioned about the domestic dispute.

His mother appeared on her son’s behalf during his court appearance Tuesday.

“Jared has a little problem with marijuana, but he had been doing very well. He has a very good job, and he starts college in August,” she said.

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