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Gouverneur man sentenced to prison for Jefferson County burglaries


A Gouverneur man serving up to eight years in state prison for burglaries in St. Lawrence County faces a concurrent sentence of up to seven years in prison after admitting Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he also committed burglaries in Watertown and the town of Philadelphia.

Craig M. Murdie, 21, of 23 Emeryville Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary as a result of separate incidents. He admitted that sometime in July he entered a barn on County Route 30 in Philadelphia with the intent of stealing copper and that, in the same month, he entered Cyclotherm, 787 Pearl St., again with plans to steal copper.

He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 23 to 3 to 7 years in prison for the crimes in Jefferson County. The sentence will run concurrently with two consecutive two- to six-year terms, or four to 12 years, imposed in October in St. Lawrence County Court for two third-degree burglary convictions. He, with others, had been charged with stealing items from a Gouverneur garage, including an air conditioner and two large spools of wiring, and with stealing copper from a National Grid power station in Fowler. He is incarcerated at Riverview Correctional Facility, Ogdensburg.

In other court activity:

Sheamus C. Broderick, 22, Clifton Park, Saratoga County, formerly of Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary as a result of one incident and fourth-degree criminal mischief as a result of a second incident. He admitted that on March 13 he tried to break into the High Life store, 22220 Route 11, town of Pamelia, with the intention of stealing “Spice,” or synthetic marijuana. He also admitted that later the same day, he used a tire iron to damage a door at Trip on the Wild Side, 671 Mill St., also in attempt to get Spice.

He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 25 to five years’ probation on the attempted burglary charge and a concurrent three years’ probation on the mischief charge. He also will be ordered to pay $300 in restitution to the High Life and $200 to Trip on the Wild Side.

James F. Weaver, 35, Irondequoit, Monroe County, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated July 6 on Route 12 in the town of Clayton after previously having been convicted of DWI as a misdemeanor in Irondequoit Town Court. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 25 to five years’ probation, be fined $2,500 and have his driver’s license revoked. He also will be given the option of serving five days in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building or performing 30 days of community service.

Tammy L. Black, 28, Watertown, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a Sept. 25 guilty plea to first-degree falsifying business records. She admitted that while working at McDonald’s restaurant, 924 Arsenal St., she, along with another woman, allowed false entries to be made in the business’s records in order to obtain refunds for items never purchased. She also was ordered pay $88 in restitution.

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