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CANTON — The rules of baseball applied Monday afternoon in St. Lawrence County Court when Miranda M. Green got her third strike after failing to comply with a court order to successfully undergo treatment for substance abuse.

Ms. Green, 18, Massena, last stood before St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards on May 16, when he released her on probation supervision after he warned her of the consequences of defying the pretrial release conditions.

“You break any of the rules, and you and I are going to have a problem, am I clear?” the judge asked.

On Monday, standing in shackles after being returned to court on a warrant, Ms. Green listened to Judge Richards read the report of how a June 26 recommendation for outpatient treatment led to the July 24 conclusion of her involvement due to lack of participation and a poor attitude.

She is scheduled to stand trial for her role in a February incident in which she and her boyfriend, Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, Massena, allegedly tried to kidnap Catherine A. Berry, 17, Massena.

Judge Richards allowed for a recess so that Ms. Green’s attorney, Peter A. Dumas, and St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duvé could work out a plea deal that would keep Ms. Green from facing the class C violent felony of second-degree attempted kidnapping, which would require her to be sentenced to 15 years in state prison.

The attorneys were unable to come to an agreed settlement.

Questioning her decision to hold out for a jury selection Tuesday, Judge Richards told Ms. Green, who is pregnant with Mr. Lloyd’s child, that she would be making a mistake by taking a gamble on a trial and that if she loses, she will be “having that child in the state prison system.”

“Tomorrow there is no plea bargain agreement,” Judge Richards told her. “If you are prepared to gamble, be my guest.”

Ms. Green cracked a smile on several occasions during her time in the courtroom; however, she remained silent after the judge’s comments.

“If you get convicted and you are standing there crying, and you will be crying, saying, ‘but judge, I don’t want to go to jail,’… I’m not going to listen,” Judge Richards furthered

Ms. Green was sent back to St. Lawrence County jail. Jury selection in the kidnapping trial begins today.

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