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Former Massena man sentenced to jail for choking woman during argument


MASSENA - A former Massena man charged with choking his then girlfriend during a domestic dispute has been sentenced to serve four months in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility..

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall sentenced Tyrone Owens of 321 Cushman Road, Fort Covington, to 120 days in jail and ordered him to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 DNA fee for a criminal obstruction of breathing conviction.

The court also signed an order of protection that directed Owens to stay away from Crystal Fields for the next year.

Mr. Crandall told Owens the jail sentence could be attributed to the Fort Covington man’s criminal history, the seriousness of the accusations that led to his arrest and the recommendations contained in the probation department’s pre-sentence investigation.

Owens appeared shocked when he heard he was being sentenced to jail time. “Are you serious?” he shouted out, noting it would impact his plans to attend SUNY Canton during the spring semester.

Prior to sentencing, defense attorney Anya Tendler had noted her client was employed by his uncle, was hoping to get into SUNY Canton and was not receiving any entitlement benefits.

Owens told the court he was very remorseful before the judge handed down his sentence.

Owens had been charged with choking Ms. Fields at approximately 11 p.m. July 3 after she confronted him about the time he was arriving home. She told police at the time that Owens had poked her in the face, pushed her on the bed and grabbed her throat with both hands.

She said she was initially able to get away, but Owens pushed her back on the bed, climbed onto her chest and starting choking her again. Ms. Fields said Owens stopped when her 13-year-old son walked into the bedroom.

Ms. Fields told police after the incident that her chest, throat and arms were sore and that her neck hurt when she moved it.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Robert T. Brand, 36, of 9 Coney Island Drive, Hannawa Falls, was granted a 12-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection.

He had been charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child following an investigation into an incident that occurred May 20.

He allegedly fractured his 13-year-old stepson’s thumb after an argument turned physical at their home. The teenager, in the statement he provided police, said his stepfather became upset after he called him a “psycho” and tensions rose even higher after Brand pushed him onto this bed. He said he told Brand not to touch him and to get out of his bedroom.

Brand said his stepson’s thumb had been accidentally broken when he was disciplining the teenager and had intercepted the teenager’s flailing arms. Defense attorney David Haggard told the court Brand and the teenager’s mother are currently in divorce proceedings.

■ Tony A. Hudson, 21, of 8D Reservation St., Winthrop, was granted a 12-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection in favor of his sister.

Hudson had been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment after he sent a text message to his sister threatening to beat her with a baseball bat. That message was sent just a few minutes after Randi Hance=Peets had called her roommate, Ms. Hudson, and threatened to slit her throat if she didn’t move out of their residence at 14A Reservation Street.

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