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Massena man pleads down to a misdemeanor in theft of more than $19,000 from mother


CANTON — A Massena man who stole more than $19,000 from his mother walked out of St. Lawrence County Court this week with a misdemeanor charge after having his guilty plea to felony grand larceny vacated.

Corey H. Shantie, 34, of 631 Route 37C, Massena, was sentenced Monday to two years’ probation after successfully completing a year of interim probation and pleading guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor petit larceny. He had pleaded guilty Sept. 5, 2012, to felony fourth-degree grand larceny.

Mr. Shantie stole $19,100 from his mother, Terry Shantie, over a five-month period in 2009.

While his mother lived with him, Mr. Shantie made 16 unauthorized withdrawal transfers from her account at North Country Savings Bank by transferring money into an account they shared.

Ms. Shantie said she discovered she was missing thousands of dollars when she went to the bank in August 2010 to withdraw money and discovered her account was overdrawn by $836.

In other court action Monday:

Justin M. Mendies, 23, of 104 Stoughton Ave., Massena, was sentenced to four years’ probation for second-degree attempted burglary, after successfully completing a year of interim probation.

On April 30, 2012, Mr. Mendies broke into his ex-girlfriend Katie Snyder’s residence at 153 E. Orvis St., Apt. 3, and used a collapsible baton to threaten a man in the apartment.

He also was ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Eric A. Graham, 30, of 12 School St., DeKalb Junction, was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail pending future court proceedings after failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation.

Mr. Graham was released under probation supervision in August after pleading not guilty to two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, both class E felonies, and two counts of misdemeanor DWI.

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