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Massena man accused of beating mom, ex has bail reduced


MASSENA - A 24-year-old Massena man waived his right to have a preliminary hearing after prosecutors agreed to recommend that his bail be reduced from $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond to $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Village police charged Andrew G. Courson, 24, of 24 Roosevelt St., with second-degree burglary, criminal obstruction of breathing, three counts of third-degree assault, three counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree contempt of court about 7:45 a.m. Saturday stemming from a domestic dispute at his mother’s residence at 24 Roosevelt St. that reportedly took place over a two-hour period.

Defense attorney Denice (Goodrich) Smith said her client was prepared to have the case sent up to superior court for possible presentment to a grand jury in light of the bail reduction recommendation that had been made by St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Otis Simon.

Mr. Simon pointed out a temporary order of protection is in place until March 4 directing Courson to stay away from his mother and ex-girlfriend, the two alleged victims in the case. “We’ll make sure those don’t lapse,” Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson said.

Courson was charged with punching his ex-girlfriend, Amanda L. Parmer, 25, in the face several times during an altercation that took place at 5 a.m. and a second incident at 7 a.m. He also allegedly squeezed Ms. Parmer’s neck so that she was temporarily unable to breathe during the earlier attack.

Police said her face was bruised, and she had swelling to her face and around her eyes as a result of the altercation. She was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

When his mother intervened in an effort to stop her son’s attack on Ms. Parmer on both occasions, Courson reportedly punched her in the head and pushed her into a wall. She complained of pain to her head and leg and was also transported to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

He also allegedly knocked a lamp over in his mother’s bedroom, breaking it; damaged sheetrock at his mother’s residence when he pushed her into a living room wall; and knocked a cell phone out of Ms. Parmer’s hands when she was trying to call 911 for assistance. He also allegedly took the phone out of her hands and kept it when she made a second attempt to seek assistance from police.

The criminal contempt charge alleges Courson violated a St. Lawrence County Family Court order signed by Judge Cecily L. Morris in September by consuming alcohol and being under the influence of alcohol in the presence of his 3-year-old daughter.

He was charged with burglary for re-entering his mother’s home at 7 a.m. after being told he was not welcome there following the earlier domestic incident and punching his mother and pushing her after coming back into her home.

Ms. Chapman said she entered her living room shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday when she heard screaming and found her son on top of his ex-girlfriend.

“Andrew was pounding on her who was on top of her. I grabbed Andrew to get him off to which he shoved me. I was able to get Andrew off Amanda, and him and I began to wrestle around,” Ms. Chapman noted in the statement she reportedly signed for police.

“I got Amanda into my bedroom and locked her in. Andrew then began punching me in the face, hitting my chin, punched me in the stomach, anywhere he could,” she added.

She said her son eventually got into her bedroom and attacked Ms. Parmer again, repeatedly punching her in the face. Ms. Chapman said she intervened again and was thrown down again by her son, who then started punching her again.

“The whole time Andrew and I were fighting Andrew was telling me he was going to kill me and Amanda,” Ms. Chapman said in her statement.

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