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Brasher woman given last chance by Judge Richards

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CANTON — A Brasher woman was released under probation supervision for six months pending further court action Friday, after pleading guilty to multiple violations of probation in St. Lawrence County Court.

Bobbie Jo French, 31, of 2475 Route 55, Brasher had violated her conditions of probation by not reporting on 26 dates between March and June of this year and also ceased to make restitution payments as of Oct. 22, when she was placed on probation for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony.

St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards told Ms. French that if she could not abide by her current terms and conditions of probation for the next six months, she would be facing 3 to 12 years in state prison as a second-felony offender.

The judge said this wasn’t the first time he has given Ms. French “slack” for violations but it would most certainly be the last.

“I don’t care if you have kids at home. I don’t care if you have six babies. You can cry, you can tell me you have a terminal disease … it’s not going to stop me from sending you to jail. I don’t know how else to get it through to you,” Judge Richards said.

If Ms. French complies with the terms and conditions of probation within the next six months, she will be sentenced to an undetermined time of probation supervision.

Judge Richards adjourned sentencing to Jan. 28.

In other court action last week:

Shane A. Deshane, 29, of 84 Grove St., Gouverneur, was sentenced Monday to 1 to 3 years in state prison Monday, to be served concurrent with time currently being served for an April 8 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny and as a second-felony offender. Mr. Deshane was also ordered to pay $120 restitution and $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Nadine M. Montroy, 48, of 331 Judson St., Ogdensburg, had her sentence adjourned Monday to Aug. 5.

Ms. Montroy pleaded guilty on Oct. 1 to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. Her December 2012 sentencing had to be adjourned as she failed to comply with chemical dependency treatment. Her sentencing was adjourned to July 15. After an April 12 drug test while incarcerated, Ms. Montroy tested positive for THC and cocaine. Probation requested an adjournment so that they can contact the victims in the matter for their input in the pretrial conference for sentencing.

Ms. Montroy was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Andrew M. Larche, 26, of 50 Fournier Road, West Chazy, was released Monday on one year interim probation after an April 2 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony and aggravated driving while intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor.

Additionally, Mr. Larche was ordered to pay $1,594.19 in restitution and $159.41 in court fines, fees and surcharges

Sentencing has been adjourned to June 30, 2014.

Benjamin Armstrong, 26, of 8042 Old Route 17, Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, was sentenced Monday to one year in St. Lawrence County jail after an April 23, 2012, guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony.

Mr. Armstrong absconded from the area, Jude Richards said, and he was picked up on a warrant. His sentence to jail is the result of his not complying with the terms and conditions of court orders, losing the benefit of a six-five split, six months in jail and five years on probation.

Mr. Armstrong was also ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges which were subtracted from the $816 forfeited from Mr. Armstrong when he was taken into custody.

David E. Labarge, 30, of 150 Maple St., Massena pleaded not guilty Monday to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony during arraignment.

It is alleged that on June 17 in the town of Gouverneur, Mr. Labarge was in possession of heroin with the intent to sell.

Mr. Labarge was remanded to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Edgar T. Blackmer, 45, of 70 Dana Hill Road, Russell, was sentenced to five years of probation Monday after an April 12 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony.

Mr. Blackmer was also ordered to pay $1,375 in fines, fees and surcharges.

Bliss A. Snyder, 35, of 8700 Route 56, Norfolk, was sentenced to one year interim probation after an April 12 guilty plea to first-degree scheme to defraud, a class E felony.

Ms. Snyder is also ordered to pay $4,480.90 in restitution and $448.09 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Ms. Snyder is scheduled to return to court on June 30 for further sentencing.

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