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DeKalb Junction woman may see reduced charge in $50,000 grand larceny.


CANTON — Sentencing again was adjourned for Joanna L. Wright, 37, DeKalb Junction, in a grand larceny case Monday morning in St. Lawrence County Court.

Mrs. Wright admitted to stealing more than $50,000 from the Best Western University Inn while working as an account clerk from April 2008 to June 2010, and was sentenced to one year of interim probation in April 2012 after pleading guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny in February of that year. She has successfully completed interim probation, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards said.

During the time of her interim probation, Mrs. Wright’s husband died, and she told Judge Richards she would be able to pay off the remainder of her $5,500 restitution through death benefits. By doing so, she will be able to plead down to a petit larceny charge, a class A misdemeanor.

Judge Richards adjourned her sentencing for 8:15 a.m. July 15 and released her under continued probation supervision.

In other court action Monday:

Gregory R. Fifield, 26, Ogdensburg, had his sentence adjourned to June 9, 2014, and received a one-year extension on his interim probation.

Mr. Fifield pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal contempt and third-degree attempted burglary on July 25.

Brent G. Carbino, 32, of 166 Tucker Road, Colton, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, a class E felony.

Mr. Carbino was released under probation supervision until his sentencing on Sept. 3 and was ordered to pay $2,070 in fines, fees and surcharges.

Police said Mr. Carbino had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent while driving a 2008 Subaru on Dec. 11 on Tucker Road in the town of Pierrepont. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

Mr. Carbino previously was convicted of DWI in September 2008 in Ogdensburg, prosecutors said.

Nicholas A. Delosh, Morristown, was sentenced to three years’ probation in connection with a domestic violence case.

Mr. Delosh, then 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief in February and has been under probation supervision

He was accused of slamming Patrina Caracciolo’s face into a dashboard and car window March 12, 2012, in the town of Oswegatchie, documents showed.

He also was accused of striking her in the back and punching her in the eye Nov. 23 in the town of Morristown.

“I’ve done a complete 180,” Mr. Delosh said before sentencing Monday. “The last eight years have been dragging me down. Probation has helped me stay on the straight and narrow.”

Mr. Delosh was ordered to pay $250 in fines, fees and surcharges and $98.63 in restitution.

Robert W. Deacon, Utica, was released under probation supervision, is engaged in treatment and will return for sentencing Nov. 18.

Mr. Deacon, then 29, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, in April after state police said they found heroin in his vehicle March 1 at a road safety checkpoint in the town of Edwards.

Melvin A. Compo, Ogdensburg, who tested positive for marijuana Monday morning, was sent to the county jail without bail in connection with a marijuana possession charge.

Mr. Compo, then 36, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony, and to being a second felony offender in February.

Judge Richards adjourned his sentencing to Friday at the request of St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Heather Dona, who represented Mr. Compo, so she could review the second felony offender statement.

Thomas L. Pruett, 32, of 452 County Route 46, Massena, was sentenced to three years’ probation with one year credit and ordered to pay $1,395 in fines, fees and surcharges in connection with a driving while intoxicated charge.

Mr. Pruett had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of DWI, a class A misdemeanor.

His original charge of a class E felony DWI was vacated after he completed one year of probation and outpatient treatment.

Stephen R. Simonds, Fort Covington, had his guilty plea vacated at sentencing and will be scheduled for trial on allegations of driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Mr. Simonds is accused of operating a vehicle April 10, 2011, on Route 11 in Potsdam while under the influence of cocaine.

Mr. Simonds said he wanted to withdraw his original guilty plea as he told Judge Richards that he didn’t believe he was under the influence and that the level of cocaine in his system was not above the legal limit.

“I believe I’ve been targeted by law enforcement,” Mr. Simonds told Judge Richards.

He was released under probation supervision.

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