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Ogdensburg woman guilty of crack sale in the city

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CANTON — An Ogdensburg woman charged in March with selling crack cocaine in the city pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Amy L. Corrice, 49, of 310 Pine St., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony.

Ms. Corrice is facing 2 years in prison for the sale of a bag of what tested positive as cocaine to an undercover field officer in the city April 2, 2012. St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards said the fact that she was a second felony offender would be a factor in her sentencing.

Ms. Corrice also was found guilty of violating the terms of her probation sentence, which Judge Richards said also would require a 2-year prison sentence. Both sentences would be served concurrently. Ms. Corrice also faces post-release probation supervision of two years on the drug charge and one year on the probation violation; they also would be served concurrently.

Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 23. Ms. Corrice was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail to await sentence.

In other court action Thursday:

Daniel E. Miller, 29, of 78 Spencer St., Gouverneur, was granted entry into the Judicial Diversion Program after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony. Mr. Miller was charged March 16 with selling heroin in the town of Gouverneur. He was sent to the St. Lawrence County jail without bail awaiting the opening of a bed at Hospitality House, an intensive residential facility in Albany specializing in chronic relapsers and criminal offenders.

Chauncey J. Pray, 23, of 76 Demot St., Hammond, was denied entry into the Judicial Diversion Program on Thursday as the team that reviews applicants decided entering him into the program would create a safety issue for the community and recommended incarceration. This is the second time Mr. Pray has been denied entry into the program.

He was arrested Feb. 13 on charges of third-degree felony robbery and third-degree misdemeanor attempted assault in connection with the Feb. 4 alleged robbery of Keri J. Lasiege, of 215 Belmont Courts, Ogdensburg.

He was sent to county jail without bail pending further court action.

Elizabeth R. Henkel, 22, of Queensbury in Warren County, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for an Oct. 11 sale of cocaine in Potsdam and was entered into the JDP. Judge Richards told Ms. Henkel that the court was provided with information that shows signs she may have mental health problems and ordered that she get an evaluation. She was released under probation supervision pending further court action.

Patrick A. Frender, 23, Canton, was denied entry into JDP after pleading not guilty in a June 5 arraignment to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony.

According to indictment documents, Mr. Frender possessed heroin with intent to sell the drug Dec. 11 in the village of Canton. It was suggested by the JDP team to incarcerate him for what it called the safety of the St. Lawrence County community.

Additionally, he has a case pending in Jefferson County Drug Court that played a role in the JDP’s team denying him entry.

Mr. Frender was sent to county jail without bail pending further court action.

Paul S. Smith Jr., 33, 1105 Congress St., Ogdensburg, was terminated from his participation from JDP, which he entered into after an Oct. 27, 2011, guilty plea to driving while intoxicated-drugs, a class D felony.

Judge Richards said it was reported that Mr. Smith absconded from the program twice and relapsed and was picked up on a warrant after his second time absconding.

Mr. Smith was sent to the county jail and is scheduled to return to court Aug. 8.

Russell F. Dendler, 24, Massena, was denied entry into JDP after a June 4 not guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. The denial came after no recommendation for treatment was made. Mr. Dendler allegedly possessed heroin with intent to sell the drug in the town of Louisville. No date for that allegation was immediately available. Mr. Dendler was sent to county jail without bail pending further conferences between the district attorney’s office and the public defender’s office.

Spencer A. Konitsiotis, 35, 40 Beach St., Massena, was denied entry to JDP a second time after Judge Richards said he overturned a March 28 denial.

Mr. Konitsiotis pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, on May 30, when he requested to enter the drug program. On June 25 he tested positive for cocaine. According to Judge Richards, Mr. Konitsiotis said he must have handled money with cocaine on it, which is why he tested positive.

Judge Richards further said that Mr. Konitsiotis had been in contact with another person on Facebook and the two had posted a series of threats of physical violence against each other that were taken seriously and showed the court and the JDP team that Mr. Konitsiotis still possessed violent tendencies.

Mr. Konitsiotis was sent to the county jail without bail and is scheduled to reappear Aug. 8.

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