CANTON - A Lisbon man charged with stealing several weapons from his grandfather’s summer home in Colton - including two that ended up in the hands of players connected to the heroin trade in Massena - has been placed on probation for five years and ordered to make more than $10,000 in restitution.
But St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards warned Andrew Jensen, 19, of 224 Harper Road, Lisbon, that he was one mistake away from state prison.
“You stole weapons, Mr. Jensen, and in this particular case the weapons ended up in the hands of two serious drug dealers. You endangered everybody in this county, especially those people in Massena,” Judge Richards told the teenager.
“You are going to walk the straight and narrow or you are going to go to prison. I don’t think you really fathom what you have done. Your put police officers at risk. You put other people - including those in the drug world - at risk. You want to steal - and I don’t recommended you do that - but don’t steal weapons. It is not going to be tolerated,” he added.
Jensen was accompanied to court by his mother and grandparents for his sentencing on the third-degree burglary conviction. He was represented by attorney Charles B. Nash, Canton.
“I don’t know what the dynamics are in the family, but the thing that strikes me the most is they are very lenient or very forgiving,” the county judge said, noting he was leaning toward lenient.
St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Joshua Haberkornhalm had told the court Jensen’s grandparents weren’t seeking restitution and didn’t want an order of protection.
“They are saying they don’t want an order of protection and that is fine, but they need one. You are not their innocent young grandchild any more. You made bad decisions, and you need to be held accountable. Now the system has to be held responsible to hold you accountable,” he said.
Judge Richards sentenced Jensen to probation for five years and ordered him to pay $10,388 in restitution in monthly payments of $173 along with $375 in court fees and surcharges.
He stressed Jensen was responsible for making restitution payments, not his mother or other relatives. Jensen told the court he was not currently employed.
“This is your hole. You got yourself in it. You need to get yourself out,” Judge Richards said.
Jensen was one of eight individuals charged in February following a lengthy investigation into a burglary reported April 2013 at a garage located on Leary Road in the town of Colton.
Troopers charged Jose Luzunaris, 25, of Winthrop, Jason J. Dennis, 35, of North Lawrence and Rodney J. Deshane Jr., 23, of Brasher Falls with felony counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Jensen, Deshelia R. Thomas-Jandrew, 38, of Massena, Justin P. Love, 23, of Massena and Eric J. Deshane, 20, of Massena were charged with third-degree burglary.
Troopers also charged Austin B. Villnave, 19, of Massena, with felony counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of criminal sale of a firearm.
Jose A. Castro-Luzunaris, 26, of Rooseveltown, formerly of 437 McCarthy Rd., Winthrop, pleaded guilty in March to the violent felony of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in a deal that will help him avoid prison.
Police found a loaded 9mm handgun in the waistband of Castro-Luzunaris’s pants. The grand jury indictment reported that gun was the property of Andrew Jensen of Colton. Castro-Luzunaris said he was asked to hold on to it by Patrick R. Lloyd, the New York City man sentenced in April to eight years state prison for the attempted kidnapping of a Massena woman in September 2013 and facing federal drug trafficking charges.