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Moira man charged with stealing TVs, Xboxes from Walmart faces jail term

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MASSENA - A Moira man charged with shoplifting more than $1,000 worth of electronic items from the Massena Walmart in December will be sentenced to one year in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility when he returns July 24 to Massena Village Court.

Marcel O. Cox, 28, of 102 Tuper St., Moira, pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor count of petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

Cox and Haley M. Wilcox, 25, of 777 Route 11, Moira, were charged by village police with felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny at 6:37 p.m. Dec. 23.

The pair allegedly stole a flat-screen television, three Xbox 360 gaming consoles, other electronic items and wrapping paper from Walmart on Dec. 23. The merchandise was valued at $1,606.14.

Both were also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Cox was reportedly in possession of three acetaminophen hydrocodone 500 mg tablets.

Walmart loss prevention agents also told police a review of store video revealed the duo had been involved in a similar caper on Dec. 15 when they allegedly left the store without paying for $1,625.84 worth of items. They alleged Cox and Wilcox had each walked out of the store without paying for a television and two Xbox consoles in each of their shopping carts.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for late July. But the plea bargain agreement included the sentencing commitment of a year in the county jail. Cox will be credited for time served on the count. He noted he has already been held for four months on the grand larceny count, which means with good time he will be eligible for release from jail in August.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Kelly J. Stanton, 37, of 125 Belmont Courts, Ogdensburg, was sent back to the county correctional facility with bail continued at $1,000 on a probation violation.

Probation officials have alleged that, since being placed on probation for a petit larceny conviction in November 2011 in Massena court, Stanton has been charged with felony drug counts in the city of Ogdensburg as well as an unrelated third-degree assault count in Ogdensburg.

■ Christopher H. Pettit, 24, of Sweet Flag Estates, Apt. 13, 419 Rooseveltown Road, Rooseveltown, was fined $250 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree attempted criminal contempt conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he abide by the terms of an order of protection that will be in effect for one year.

Mr. Crandall also told Pettit he would be required to pay a $50 DNA fee. Pettit vehemently opposed that portion of his sentencing, noting his DNA sample was already on file from a previous conviction.

“If you already got it in the system, I don’t think you should just keep taking it,” he said.

The local justice noted the DNA fee was a state dictate.

“All of these consequences come on you for the actions you took, but trust me (Court Clerk) April (LaBrake) and I didn’t dream up this DNA fee,” he said.

Massena-based state police charged Pettit with second-degree criminal contempt and false personation and ticketed him for a seat belt violation at 4:05 p.m.

March 8 following a traffic stop on state Route 37B in the town of Massena. Pettit alleged violated an order of protection issued by Village Justice Eric Gustafson that directed him to stay away from Sandra Moerlins. Pettit and Ms. Moerlins were reportedly in the same vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.

Pettit initially identified himself to troopers as Christopher M. Roberts, 26.

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