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Massena woman sentenced to jail for shoplifting conviction


MASSENA - A 37-year-old Massena woman has been sentenced to spend 30 days in jail for a petit larceny conviction, and she is expected to be sentenced to another 30 days in jail when she returns to court for sentencing on a second shoplifting conviction in October.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced Rebecca Cooney-Trimm of 187 Center St., Apt. 3, Massena, to the 30-day jail sentence and ordered her to pay a $205 surcharge, which was reduced to civil judgment, for a petit larceny conviction. She admitted she had shoplifted two comforter sets from Walmart on April 19.

The plea bargain agreement also calls for Cooney-Trimm to be sentenced to another 30 days in the county jail when she returns to court for sentencing on a second petit larceny conviction on Oct. 8. That conviction stemmed from an incident on March 15 when she shoplifted merchandise valued at $226.88 - a Keurig coffee machine and three Easter basket bundles - from Walmart on March 15.

Since neither sentence is over 30 days, defense attorneys said Cooney-Trimm would not lose her Social Security Disability Insurance payments.

Cooney-Trimm had been charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance on Dec. 19, 2012 as part of a drug sweep in Franklin County. She had been charged with possessing and selling benzylpiperazine, a stimulant, in 2012 when she was residing in the town of Fort Covington.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Tiffany M. Snyder, 27, of 203 County Route 1, Bombay, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge and ordered to perform 10 hours of community service and abide by the terms of a no contact order of protection after pleading guilty to a second-degree harassment charge in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a second-degree menacing count.

Snyder was charged following an investigation into an incident that took place shortly before 2 a.m. Nov. 26, 2011 at the Sunoco Mini-Mart on South Main Street. Blair Young told police his ex-girlfriend said she was there to buy a Snapple but she spent her time inside the store harassing him and calling him names. He said she ignored his repeated orders for her to leave the store. He alleged she threatened to slit his throat and then left the store.

Snyder reentered the store a short time later with a pocket knife with the blade exposed. The incident was reportedly witnessed by Mr. Young’s half sister.

■ James E. Paquin, 26, of 351 East Hatfield St., Apt. D, Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana conviction. He had been found to be in possession of a smoking device with marijuana residue at 12:02 a.m. July 29 on East Orvis Street.

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