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Massena business owner pleads guilty to disorderly conduct violation in plea bargain

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MASSENA - A 26-year-old Moira woman charged with shoplifting more than $1,000 worth of electronic items from the Massena Walmart in December 2012 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied two shoplifting charges that initially were felony counts.

Haley M. Wilcox of 777 Route 11, Moira, pleaded guilty to a single count of petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement. Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25.

Wilcox and Marcel O. Cox, 28, of 102 Tuper St., Moira, had been charged with felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny at 6:37 p.m. Dec. 23, 2012.

The pair allegedly stole a flat-screen television, three Xbox 360 gaming consoles, other electronic items and wrapping paper from Walmart that day. The merchandise was valued at $1,606.14.

Both were also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Cox was reportedly in possession of three acetaminophen hydrocodone 500 mg tablets.

Walmart loss prevention agents also told police a review of store video revealed the duo had been involved in a similar caper on Dec. 15, 2012 when they allegedly left the store without paying for $1,625.84 worth of items. They alleged Cox and Wilcox had each walked out of the store without paying for a television and two Xbox consoles in each of their shopping carts.

Prosecutors later reduced the felony counts to misdemeanor charges of petit larceny.

Cox was sentenced in October to one year in the county correctional facility for his conviction on a petit larceny count stemming from the incidents. He remains in custody at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Wilcox told the court she had been working and caring for her children since her arrest.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Jennifer L. Parker, 45, of 80 Cook Road, St. Regis Falls, was fined $25 and placed under a one-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct violation in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied three counts of petit larceny, She was released on an appearance ticket.

Mary Jo Munn and Shawn W. Flanders, both of Massena, and Carrie Thompson, Brasher Iron Works, told police they have given Parker money for furniture at Gramma’s Attic, Main Street, but the furniture was never delivered.

Ms. Thompson said she had paid $700 in February 2012 for two day beds that were never delivered. Ms. Munn said she paid $800 in March 2011 for a couch that was never delivered. Mr. Flanders said he had paid $414.72 in March 2013 for a full mattress and a box spring that was never delivered.

Police said Parker told them when she was arrested in August 2013 she had used the money to pay bills, but had every intention of paying it back when she had money, indicating she was expecting a large payment shortly.

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