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Ogdensburg man sentenced to prison for burglary


CANTON — An Ogdensburg trash collector was sentenced to prison Monday in St. Lawrence County Court for burglarizing a customer’s home last summer.

Melvin H. Perry, 46, of 720 Jay St., was sentenced to seven years in prison for his March 20 guilty plea to the class C violent felony of second-degree burglary.

On June 26, Mr. Perry, the owner and operator of Perry’s Trash Removal, walked onto the enclosed front porch of Michael and Gloria McLear’s 1011 New York Ave. home, reached inside the unlocked front door and snatched Mrs. McLear’s wallet containing credit and debit cards. Moments later, court records state, he met an apparently unsuspecting Mr. McLear in the driveway, handed him a recycling pamphlet and eventually threw the wallet into the Oswegatchie River.

Police said the couple believed they were targeted because they were customers of Mr. Perry and he was familiar with their home.

In court Monday, Mr. Perry asked County Judge Jerome J. Richards why he was pulled from the possibility to enter chemical dependency treatment.

Judge Richards said Mr. Perry’s criminal history started in 1984 and includes 12 misdemeanors and 10 felonies, including convictions for second-degree attempted burglary, second-degree forgery and felony driving while intoxicated.

“This is not about treatment,” Judge Richards said. “It shows that you are a criminal. You have been released from prison since 2002 and you have at least eight, if not nine, arrests since and during that time. You have done nothing to deal with the problem.”

In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. Perry was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision. He also was ordered to pay $96 in restitution and court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $375.

Orders of protection also were issued on behalf of Mrs. McLear and Betty Bice, a second customer whose home he was alleged to have entered on July 22 and from whom he allegedly demanded money.

In other court action Monday:

Sean M. Reid-Frost, 27, of 171 Grove St., Gouverneur, was sentenced to six months in St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, and 10 years of probation for his March 10 guilty plea to third-degree rape.

Reid-Frost had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl on Oct. 20 and in court Monday, Judge Richards said this was his second conviction for having sex with a minor.

“You ought to be requesting birth certificate before having sex with females,” Judge Richards said. “I’m not kidding, because otherwise you are not very selective. There is a big difference between 17 and 15.”

In addition to his sentence, Reid-Frost was designated a Level 3 sex offender and ordered to pay $853.63 in restitution and court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $1,510.30.

Brandon R. Graves, 20, of 224 Harper Road, Lisbon, was sentenced to five years in prison for his March 12 guilty plea to two counts of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class D violent felony.

On Aug. 29, in Massena, Mr. Graves was in possession of a .22-caliber revolver and a .38-caliber revolver.

The .38-caliber gun had been defaced for the purpose of concealing or preventing the detection of a crime or misrepresenting the identity of the revolver.

In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. Graves was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Jonathan E. Corbine, 24, 62 Trout Lake Road, Edwards, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On Aug. 30, Mr. Corbine had a 0.17 percent blood alcohol content while driving on County Route 38 in the town of Norfolk with a 22-month-old as a passenger.

His guilty plea is part of a deal with the district attorney’s office that will allow him the opportunity to plea to a lesser misdemeanor DWI charge and a sentencing to three years of probation if he successfully completes one year of interim probation.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

Florencio J. Verdugo, 23, of 228 Barnhart Road, Massena, was placed on one year of interim probation for felony driving while intoxicated.

On Jan.11 Mr. Verdugo was stopped by state police on East Orvis Street in the village of Massena for insufficient taillights.

They said his license was suspended because of a previous DWI conviction.

Mr. Verdugo also was driving someone else’s car that didn’t have an interlock device, which takes the driver’s breath sample before starting. He has been required to have such a device, according to police.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 20.

Nancy Best, 30, of Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

According to the indictment, Ms. Best was in possession of approximately 1.1 pounds of marijuana on Jan. 10 following a traffic stop by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Route 37 at the Route 420 intersection in the village of Massena.

She was remanded to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

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