MASSENA - The villages police chief applauded the countys district attorney for presenting a grand jury with an attempted kidnapping charge against a Massena couple charged with trying to abduct a female teenager last month.
Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier called it a proactive step toward getting individuals with long, violent criminal histories off the streets of Massena. His department had filed unlawful imprisonment charges against a Massena couple following their investigation into the incident. The upgrade to the attempted kidnapping charge would give a county court judge the potential to sentence a person convicted of that crime to a much longer term in state prison if prosecutors gained a conviction for that count.
Im pleased with the results of the indictment. I think any time we have these violent people on the streets, with long criminal histories, whenever we can get them off the streets its a good thing, Mr. Currier said.
The attempted kidnapping charge is a Class C felony and a conviction on that count would require a minimum sentence of 3 1/2 years in prison and a maximum term of 15 years for an offender with no prior felony convictions. That same conviction for a defendant being sentenced as a second violent felony offender would be a minimum prison sentence of seven years.
The unlawful imprisonment charge that had been lodged in the case by village police was a Class E felony. The minimum sentence for that sentence would be three years in prison for a defendant sentenced as a second felony offender.
Earlier this week Mr. Currier wrote a letter to the Daily Courier-Observer in which he asked whats wrong with the justice system and urged officials at all levels of the justice system to hold discussions to address his concerns on low rates of incarceration in St. Lawrence County.
Mr. Currier made a direct reference to Patrick R. Lloyd, a New York City man who said he has been living in Massena for the past two years. He said Lloyd has 25 arrests, including 11 felonies, on his rap sheet, most of which occurred in other counties.
Mr. Lloyd was charged by village police with felony first-degree unlawful imprisonment and misdemeanor third-degree assault, stemming from a Feb. 16 incident in which he and 18-year-old female accomplice Miranda M. Green allegedly attempted to abduct 17-year-old Catherine A. Berry. Both females are Massena residents.
Mr. Lloyd and Ms. Green were indicted Thursday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury on charges of second-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, petit larceny and third-degree assault.
Mayor James F. Hidy expressed concern that low rates of incarceration and convictions in St. Lawrence County left individuals with long criminal histories, such as Mr. Lloyd, on the streets of Massena. Like Mr. Currier, Mr. Hidy was pleased at the news of Mr. Lloyds indictment.
I think this shows if agencies work together we can see direct results and get these kinds of people off our streets, Mr. Hidy said.
In his letter, Mr. Currier expressed frustration that Mr. Lloyd hadnt been incarcerated with all the charges against him.
A look at this individuals criminal history can only cause a reasonable person great frustration with a criminal justice system that is not perfect, overburdened and oftentimes underfunded, Mr. Currier wrote in his letter. Since 2006, this subject has 25 total arrest charges, 11 of which are felony level and he is still on the streets?
Police and federal agents had charged Mr. Lloyd and two other New York City residents with multiple drug and gun felonies following a December traffic stop on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.
He and the two other men were charged with one count each of second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
A news release from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe said Lloyd and the two other men were allegedly were in possession of six ounces of heroin, six ounces of cocaine, two loaded handguns and about a pound of marijuana. Officials said none of the three had proper licensing to possess the seized guns, which had defaced serial numbers.
Mr. Lloyd also was at the Massena residence in October, where one man was shot, another man stabbed and a third man beaten. Police later charged a couple that were living at the apartment with possession of over 1,600 bundles of heroin.
Mr. Hidy pointed out there are a number of other individuals with violent criminal backgrounds in the community, and he hopes St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duvé will continue to indict and seek harsh punishments for offenders who have shown they may be a threat to the community.
This (indictment) is just the tip of it. This should be a continuing effort, Mr. Hidy said. When people are felons and they continue to commit felonies, they have to be dealt with appropriately.