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Ogdensburg man faces prison after guilty plea to marijuana charge


CANTON — An Ogdensburg man is facing 4 years in prison for marijuana possession after accepting a plea deal Friday that dismissed kidnapping charges against him and satisfied a bevy of charges related to a violent domestic dispute last year.

The Feb. 11 plea deal offered to Jebadiah J. Brenno, 30, of 164 Lee Road, by St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary E. Rain was shot down before what was supposed to be the start of a suppression hearing in County Court.

Mr. Brenno was indicted March 7 on charges of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

On Feb. 19, 2013, Mr. Brenno allegedly locked Emily Ives, his girlfriend at the time, in a bedroom during an attack in which he threatened to kill her, kicked her jaw multiple times and urinated on her.

When troopers went to arrest him, he was found to be in possession of more than 4 pounds of marijuana.

The original plea deal extended by Ms. Rain was for a guilty plea to the felony marijuana charge and the unlawful imprisonment charge, which would have satisfied all the other charges against him and would have put him in prison for a maximum of four years and a minimum of three. He turned down the offer.

County Judge Jerome J. Richards told Mr. Brenno that if he decided not to take the plea deal there would be no second chances.

“With a plea bargain, not everybody gets what they want but they get something that they can live with,” Judge Richards said.

As a second violent felony offender, and facing a jury with the kidnapping charge against him, Judge Richards told him that he could end up in prison for more than 25 years.

“It’s a serious crime, and if you are convicted you are looking at a significant amount of time in prison,” Judge Richards said. “You don’t get a second bite at the apple if we move forward; everything is off of the table.”

After nearly an hour behind closed doors with his attorney, Emil M. Rossi, Syracuse, Mr. Brenno agreed to an altered version of the plea deal that would put him in prison longer for a guilty plea to the second-degree criminal possession of marijuana charge and no connection to the charges affiliated with Ms. Ives.

Additionally, to move forward with the deal, Ms. Rain had to dismiss the kidnapping charge.

Ms. Rain, prior to Mr. Brenno’s guilty plea, said she spoke to Ms. Ives on the phone about the altered plea deal and received her approval. Ms. Rain told the judge there would not have been the needed evidence to prove the kidnapping charge in a trial.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 28, and Mr. Brenno was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

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