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Clarkson University student sentenced for LSD sales to fellow students


CANTON — A Clarkson University student was sentenced in St. Lawrence County Court Monday to weekends in jail for the sale of LSD to classmates.

Kane W. Henderson, 23, of West Linn, Ore., was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to serve 60 days’ worth of weekends in jail for his Oct. 21 guilty plea to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Mr. Henderson, who was a student at the university in Potsdam, sold the mind-altering drug to his classmates on Dec. 1, 2012 and had been expelled from Clarkson after his arrest, officials said.

Mr. Henderson told St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards that he had successfully reapplied to the school and he would begin classes on Jan. 16.

Judge Richards told Mr. Henderson that he would begin his sentence from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday and would spend every every weekend thereafter in jail until his time is served. Given the chance to address the court, Mr. Henderson said he was appreciative of the opportunity to complete his time at the university and planned on using his experience to help others.

“I’ll be implementing an anti-drug program,” Mr. Henderson said. “It’s a team of three students, myself included, all of which found themselves in the same situation.”

Mr. Henderson said he still had to speak with administrators at the school to work on the project further; however, if it goes as planned, he and the other two students will focus on helping those who are repeat offenders under the school’s policies.

“(We’ll) sit them down to explain to them the path they are headed down,” Mr. Henderson said. “I want people to know that there are choices.”

In other recent court action:

Cody Lader, 25, of 74 West Main St., Norfolk, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, after successfully completing one year of interim probation for a felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction.

Court documents state he was in possession of MDMA, or Ecstasy, on March 3, 2011 in the village of Potsdam.

Mr. Lader was released from probation supervision on a one-year conditional discharge. He was ordered to pay $50 in court fees.

Derik Falls, 44, of Montreal, and Philippe Gravel-Nadon, 24, of La Haute-Saint-Charles, Que., were both released on a one-year conditional discharge for their Nov. 14 guilty pleas to the misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree conspiracy.

Mr. Falls and Mr. Gravel-Nadon entered the home of Sandra Dupuis, 528 Pontoon Ridge Road, Massena, in a 2011 attempted burglary with Edwin B. Spears, 39, of Neptune, N.J. and Chris A. Lavine, Norwood.

Mr. Falls and Mr. Gravel-Nadon were both ordered to pay $250 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Ashley J. Neuroth, 26, of 58 Murdock St., Gouverneur, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second-degree criminal contempt.

Mr. Neuroth told Judge Richards that on Dec. 2 she violated an order of protection when she went to the residence of Christopher Larsen.

Mr. Neuroth was released on her own recognizance on the charge; however, she was sent back to St. Lawrence County jail where she is being held on a violation of probation charge out of Fowler Town Court.

Sentencing was adjourned to April 14.

Eric A. Graham, 30, of 112 Barker Road, Lot 4, Antwerp, was placed on one year of interim probation for his Nov. 20 guilty plea to a felony aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On May 4, Mr. Graham drove a 1999 Ford on Main Street, Gouverneur, with a BAC of 0.10 percent while Ian C.M. Graham, 6, was a passenger in his vehicle.

Sentencing was adjourned to Jan. 5.

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