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Massena man jailed on bench warrant


BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - A Massena man who failed to appear in court in January for sent to the county jail Wednesday afternoon after being picked up on a bench warrant.

Keith W. Snyder, 21, of 405 South Main St., Massena, pleaded guilty in November to attempted aggravated harassment. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 22.

He had been charged with aggravated harassment on Sept. 17 by village police after he allegedly called and sent several text messages to his ex-girlfriend, Kaylee Ashley, threatening her and detailing his plans to assault her new boyfriend.

She told police she had been getting gas at the Sunoco on South Main Street when Snyder crossed the street from his home to confront her. She said she quickly fled the area but soon received several texts from Snyder, including one that read, “Turn around ..... and watch your boyfriend get beat up,” according to court documents.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson signed the bench warrant earlier this month. He was picked up on the warrant Wednesday afternoon by Massena Village Police, arraigned by Acting Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.

The pre-sentence report had recommended Snyder be sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he perform 30 hours of community service,

Village police also executed a warrant from St. Lawrence County Court for an alleged probation violation. He will be held on that charge at the county jail pending an appearance in St. Lawrence County Court.

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