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Ogdensburg man accepts arson plea, averting trial

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CANTON — An Ogdensburg man admitted Friday in St. Lawrence County Court that he set fire to a Jeep Wrangler last year, with his plea averting a jury trial that was set to begin Monday.

Daniel J. Carter, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree arson, a class C felony, satisfying that charge as well as several other pending charges, including a harassment case in Lisbon and criminal possession of stolen property in Morristown.

Mr. Carter set the 2007 vehicle afire outside the home of Christopher Palmer, 712 Champlain St., on Jan. 17, 2012. The Jeep was destroyed and the house’s vinyl siding was damaged in the blaze.

“How did you set the fire?” Judge Jerome J. Richards asked.

“Gasoline, sir,” Mr. Carter responded.

“And you knew you had no right to do that?” the judge asked. “Obviously,” Mr. Carter replied.

He was released under probation supervision and will be sentenced on Aug. 5.

In other court action Friday:

Jamie A. Kennedy, 43, Ogdensburg, was sentenced to five years’ probation in connection with the Sept. 14 burglary of an Ogdensburg apartment.

Mr. Kennedy broke into an apartment at 409 Main St. that Friday and threw a bicycle across the living room, striking a coffee table and a bookshelf. He then exited the residence, backed into a vehicle parked outside and smashed windows on the car, state police said.

He also must pay more than $1,200 in restitution, fines and fees.

Robert H. Reed Jr., 32, Oswego County, was sentenced to five years’ probation after previously pleading guilty to one count of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Mr. Reed, formerly of Russell, sold oxycodone twice in October 2011 in the town of DeKalb, according to court documents.

Thomas I. Borsellino, 24, Massena, was sentenced to nine months in the St. Lawrence County jail after his probation on a 2009 drug conviction was vacated after he admitted that he failed to report to his probation officer on 18 occasions between Sept. 29 and Feb. 27.

Mr. Borsellino originally was sentenced to five years’ probation following his conviction on a charge of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was one of at least two dozen people arrested in a countywide sweep of alleged drug dealers in August 2008.

Paul J. Mathous, 26, Massena, had his probation in connection with a 2010 rape conviction vacated after drug tests showed he had used cocaine, opiates, marijuana and OxyContin.

Mathous originally was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years’ probation on a third-degree rape charge. He admitted having sex with a 16-year-old girl on May 31, 2010, in Massena.

Judge Richards said Mathous also was found to have a Facebook profile, in violation of probation terms prohibiting him from accessing social media sites.

He was sentenced Friday to 42 months in state prison and six years of post-release supervision.

John A. Mackiewicz, 58, Potsdam, completed interim probation on a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

According to the state’s sex offender registry, Mackiewicz was convicted in Oregon in 1995 for an offense involving a 17-year-old girl.

Mackiewicz, who now lives in a recreational vehicle on a friend’s land in the town of Potsdam, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to failing to register a move as required by law. Probation officials said he was cooperative during interim probation.

He admitted Friday to a misdemeanor count of attempted failure to register and was resentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

James J. Love, 27, Massena, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting he sold oxycodone Oct. 25, 2011, in the village of Massena. The plea covers several other charges, including endangering the welfare of a child. Sentencing was set for Aug. 12.

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