Man gets plea deal in 2015 assault case

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In a deal with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, Derek L. Castillo, 21, of Manhattan, was sentenced to five years of probation for his July 24 guilty plea to second-degree attempted assault.

As part of the deal, the indictment charging him with first-degree and second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and second-degree gang assault was satisfied.

Mr. Castillo was the last of four former SUNY Canton students sentenced in connection to the assault and robbery of a food delivery man just after midnight Sept. 24, 2015.

In addition to his probation sentence, Mr. Castillo was ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges and $3,300 in restitution.

In other court action Monday:

Andre Williams, 35, an inmate at the Gowanda Correctional Facility in Erie County, a former inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to felony tampering with physical evidence in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

As part of the deal, the remaining charge of first-degree promoting prison contraband will be satisfied and the court committed to sentence him as a second felony offender to 1½ to 3 years in prison.

He would serve the sentence consecutively with his current 2½- to 4-year sentence for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and first-degree promoting prison contraband.

On March 7, on contraband watch in the Gouverneur Correctional Facility, Mr. Williams defecated balloons and mixed the contents with his fecal matter to prevent their use at a proceeding against him.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 8 and Mr. Williams was returned to the custody of the state without bail.

Lee M. Alverson, 39, of 5493 Nutting Street Road, Henderson, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

As part of the deal, the indictment charging him with an additional charge of felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance will be satisfied. The court also committed to sentence Mr. Alverson to two years in prison with two years of post-release supervision as a second felony offender.

On Nov. 13, 2012 in Jefferson County Court, Mr. Alverson was convicted of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of post-release supervision.

Mr. Alverson said that on Feb. 17 in the town of Waddington he had lab equipment, reagents, a solvent and catalyst, all with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Sentencing is set Nov. 8 and Mr. Alverson was returned to jail without bail.

Kurt M. Bjork, 29, of 1004 Ogden St., Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with third-degree attempted unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.

The indictment charges that on July 15 in Ogdensburg, Mr. Bjork was in possession of laboratory equipment, reagents, a solvent and a catalyst with the intent of manufacturing meth.

Mr. Bjork was returned to St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held without bail.

Ronald A. McLean, 56, of 186 County Route 48, Norwood, rejected a plea deal from the district attorney’s office and denied that he violated the conditions of his five-year probation sentence for his May 29, 2015, conviction for felony second-degree attempted assault.

According to the plea offer, if Mr. McLean admitted to violating his probation, he would be sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison.

In a May 18, 2013, domestic incident Mr. McLean fought with his wife and shoved her, causing her to fracture a rib.

Mr. McLean was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Bruce D. McDonald Jr., 34, of 49 Howard St., Massena, pleaded not guilty to the indictment charging him with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The indictment charges that 11:50 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m., on Sept. 8 in the village of Massena, he possessed and sold cocaine.

He was returned to St. Lawrence County jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Brian J. Goodfellow, 33, of 203 Bayley Road, Massena, had his arraignment adjourned on an indictment charging him with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment charges that at 4 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 in the village of Massena, Mr. Goodfellow sold cocaine.

Mr. Goodfellow asked for an adjournment so he could contact his attorney, Virginia A. Gettman. Arraignment was adjourned to Oct. 16 and Mr. Goodfellow was released under probation supervision.

Aaron R. Johnson, 28, of 16 County Route 17, Russell, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts of felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. The indictment also charges Mr. Johnson with driving while ability impaired and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting.

The indictment charges that on April 3 on Route 68 in the town of Pierrepont, Mr. Johnson drove while his ability was impaired by alcohol, causing damage to the property of another person and left the scene while his license was revoked. Mr. Johnson was released under probation supervision.

Brian J. O’Marah, 34, of 1573 County Route 28, Lisbon, pleaded not guilty to the indictment charging him and Nicole M. Steinberg, 34, of 1513 Ford St., Ogdensburg, with felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Mr. O’Marah also and pleaded not guilty to felony second-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Ms. Steinberg is individually charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth.

The indictment charges that on May 17 in Ogdensburg the two possessed more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine. They are both charged with possessing laboratory equipment, reagents, a solvent and a catalyst with the intent to illegally manufacture meth. Mr. O’Marah’s charge differs from Ms. Steinberg’s in that he was previously convicted of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, on Oct. 7, 2015.

He turned down an offer Monday to plead guilty to a reduced count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in exchange for five years in prison and two years of post-release supervision as a second felony offender. He now faces the possibility of life in prison as a persistent felon offender.

He was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

David A. Lane, 40, of 25528 County Route 37, Carthage, and Bridget M. Parker, 34, of Pyrites, each pleaded not guilty to the indictment charging them each with a count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment charges that on July 6 in the town of Pitcairn, the two were each in possession of more than one-half ounce of cocaine.

Mr. Lane was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail. Ms. Parker was released under probation supervision.

Richard A. Pratt II, 20, of 3 Mondale Ave., Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to felony second-degree assault, and the misdemeanors of resisting arrest, and two counts of second-degree menacing.

The indictment charges that on Jan. 21 in the city of Ogdensburg, Mr. Pratt attempted to place Dora Hurst and Douglas Braxton in reasonable fear of physical injury when he told them he was going to kill them while he was holding a knife. The indictment also charges that Mr. Pratt intended to prevent Ogdensburg City Police Sgt. Mark T. Kearns from performing a lawful duty and caused physical injury to Sgt. Kearns by physically resisting the officer’s attempts to take him into custody by becoming physically combative.

Mr. Pratt was released under probation supervision.

Kema Ndebay, 18, Syracuse, pleaded not guilty to a Superior Court Information charging him with third-degree rape.

The SCI charges that on Nov. 9 in the village of Potsdam, Ndebay engaged in sexual intercourse with a female while she was asleep.

A plea deal has been extended to Ndebay that would have him plead guilty to the charge and be sentenced to 10 years of probation.

Ndebay was released on his own recognizance to consider the plea offer and the case was adjourned to Oct. 23.

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