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Fort Covington woman sentenced to five years in prison for stabbing boyfriend


MALONE - A Fort Covington woman who previously admitted she stabbed her boyfriend last year was sent to state prison for five years by Franklin County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. on Monday.

Joan Terrell, 64, pleaded guilty in February to second-degree assault and first-degree endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person. Judge Main sentenced her to five years in prison for the assault conviction and an 18 month to four year term for the endangering conviction. The sentences will be served concurrently.

At the time of the stabbing, a statement from state troopers said they discovered Wayne J. Henault, 64, with a small puncture wound to his back while assisting with an EMS call at 2556 Chateaugay St., Fort Covington. The call originally reported that he had fallen out of bed.

He was transported to Alice Hyde Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery and later released.

In other county court business before Judge Main on Monday:

■ Megan Powless, 18, of Akwesasne was adjudicated as a youthful offender status and sentenced to county jail time for ramming a police vehicle in September. Judge Main gave her 60 days in jail with five years’ probation for second-degree criminal mischief and 90 days in jail for third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. She was also ordered to pay $6,557.61 restitution.

According to a previous statement from the District Attorney’s Office, Powless led St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police on a Sept. 30 chase through Bombay at speeds up to 90 miles per hour. They had attempted to pull her over because the driver-side mirror on her Chevrolet Lumina was dangling by wires. Powless drove into a ditch to escape a roadblock and rammed a tribal police Chevrolet Trailblazer in the process, causing $6,557.61 in damage. She sped off, but crashed again, coming to rest against a mailbox. When they arrested her, police discovered she had five active warrants from previous vehicle pursuits, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

■ Chad E. Brown, 37, of Brushton pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated. When he is sentenced on July 1, he is facing a maximum sentence of four years’ prison time. He waived his right to have his case heard by a grand jury and admitted the charge by superior court information. The charge stems from a Feb. 1 incident.

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