MASSENA - A 52-year-old Waddington-area man was sentenced to a short jail term this week after his attorney told the court he was planning to move out of New York state and would prefer incarceration to probation so he could expedite his relocation plans.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced Lyman J. Raleigh of 67 County Route 36, Chase Mills, to 12 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and ordered him to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state datebase for an attempted petit larceny conviction.
He had been charged with petit larceny following a reported shoplifting incident Jan 21 at the Massena Walmart. Raleigh paid for some items but walked past the store’s last point of sale without paying for three girls’ T-shirts, two fairy dolls and Nerf gun. He told police he was shopping for birthday gifts for his daughter, but only had $30 to make those purchases.
Raleigh was fined an additional $300 and a $260 surcharge for a driving while ability impaired by drugs conviction. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days. He told the court he no longer had a license and hadn’t driven a vehicle for the last couple of years.
Village police had charged Raleigh in March 2013 with driving while ability impaired by drugs following an investigation into an incident that occurred at 4:20 p.m. Jan. 20, 2013 when they stopped a vehicle at the entrance to Romeo Avenue after receiving a report of a possible intoxicated driver leaving the Harte Haven Shopping Plaza.
He failed several field sobriety tests and reportedly told police he had taken his prescription medications, Lyrica and suboxone, approximately an hour before the traffic stop.
He had previously been ticketed for reckless driving, failure to keep right and operation of a vehicle with an inadequate brake lamp in connection with that same traffic stop.
St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby had told the court prior to sentencing about Raleigh’s plans to move out of New York state.
“My client is looking to relocate to Arizona. His goal is to get to Arizona, and he would prefer to do jail time rather than probation so he can get there sooner,” she said, noting Raleigh also had a disability hearing scheduled for Sept. 4.
Ralegh told the court he had family in Arizona, including a daughter, and his plans included reuniting with his child so her father is in her life.
“I don’t have a good track record here,” he acknowledged. “I want to get a fresh start and a chance to do better.”
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
• Lindsay K. Manchester, 22, of 74 Ames St., Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct. She had been charged with petit larceny on June 15 after she shoplifting two fishing lures, valued at $5.92, from Walmart.
• Kaitlynne R. Woods, 21, of 29 Oak St., Waddington, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct. She had been charged with shoplifting an FM transmitter, valued at $13.97, from Walmart on April 10.