MASSENA - A New York City man charged for his role in an alleged home invasion in the spring of 2013 in Massena has had his local charges satisfied by a felony conviction in Cortland County.
Jevar Q. Sturridge, 21, of 16912 107th Ave., Queens, was sentenced to four years in state prison in July for a third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction. He entered a state correctional facility on July 10 and his earliest release date is May 2017.
Sturridge had a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal trespass pending in village court stemming from an April 11, 2013 incident at 27 1/2 Spruce St.
Defense attorney Brian Pilatzke told the village court he had not had contact with his client for several months, but he said he was aware he was incarcerated in a state correctional facility.
He pointed out he had filed a motion with the village court in August 2013 seeking to have the charge dismissed on the grounds that the paperwork was not sufficient to identify his client as the perpetrator of the alleged crime.
“All the paperwork says Q. There were no photo arrays, no lineups, nothing,” he told Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson.
He said there were three supporting depositions filed in the case, but none of those witnesses identified Q by his real name.
“None of these supporting depositions indicates that these persons knows identity or name nor is there any indication any of these three people were able to identify the person as Jevar Sturridge,” he wrote.
Mr. Pilatzke said he had not received any response from prosecutors after he filed the motion last August.
St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Brenna Ryan told the court she was prepared to have the charge dismissed in light of the fact that Sturridge had been picked up on an arrest warrant for second-degree burglary a few days after the April 2013 incident in Massena following a traffic stop in Schenectady.
Sturridge was alleged to have entered a residence at 27 1/2 Spruce St. at 3:30 p.m. April 11, 2013 in an incident that village police described as a home invasion.
Patrick “Problem” Lloyd, then listing an address of 16 Haskell St., Massena, was charged with second-degree menacing in connection with that same incident.
Lloyd is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for an attempted kidnapping conviction stemming from an incident in Massena. He was also indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges. Those charges are still pending.
Village police said the burglary and menacing charges followed an investigation into an incident that took place at the Spruce Street residence of Albert Brossoit and Felicity Caskinette.
Lloyd allegedly drove another man, identified as Sturridge by police investigators, to the Spruce Street residence and the passenger in his vehicle allegedly pointed a handgun at Ms. Caskinette.
Witnesses told police Lloyd and a second man went to 27 1/2 Spruce St. at approximately 3 p.m. April 11, following Ms. Caskinette when she drove into her residence.
“I looked out and saw a black Charger, the one Problem drives, and then I saw this black guy ... pull a black and silver handgun out and point it at Felicity. Then they took off,” Mr. Brossoit noted in the statement he signed for police.
He said the passenger in Lloyd’s vehicle, known only by his street name of Q, returned approximately a half hour later with a female and walked inside his residence without permission.
“I had a knife in my hand, and Q told me to put the knife down and come talk to him man to man outside. I set my knife down and went outside to talk to Q. Q said I was trying to talk —— about his n——-. Q then took a swing at me,” Mr. Brossoit said, noting his assailant missed with the first punch. “He then grabbed my shirt and punched me in the back of the head.”
Mr. Brossoit said he was able to get away from the man and went back inside the residence after he heard his girlfriend yelling she was pregnant. Witnesses said the female that had entered the residence had grabbed Ms. Caskinette by the hair and was attempting to pull her across the room.
The Massena man traced his problem with Lloyd and his girlfriend, Miranda Green, to an incident that had taken place approximately a month earlier at Keith Snyder’s apartment on South Main Street.
“Problem pushed Felicity in the corner and held her down while Miranda was punching her. Felicity said she was pregnant, and Miranda said, ‘Your face isn’t pregnant.’ Then she stopped. Felicity walked out. I went to get my keys, and they said I better not let Felicity go to the cops,” Mr. Brossoit recalled in his statement to police.
It is not the first time Lloyd and Sturridge were linked to criminal activity in the north country.
Police and federal agents had charged Lloyd, Sturridge and another New York City resident with multiple drug and gun felonies following a December 2012 traffic stop on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.
The arrests were made by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, New York State Police and U.S. Border Patrol.