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Kidnapping suspect Green released under supervision, with a warning


CANTON — Attempted-kidnapping suspect Miranda M. Green stood quietly in St. Lawrence County Court on Thursday afternoon as Judge Jerome J. Richards described how she allegedly defied pretrial release conditions requiring her to undergo substance-abuse counseling.

The judge agreed to release Ms. Green, 18, Massena, again under probation supervision while she awaits further proceedings in connection with a February incident in which she and her boyfriend allegedly tried to kidnap another teen. He also issued a stern warning.

“You break any of the rules, and you and I are going to have a problem, am I clear?” the judge asked.

“Yes,” Ms. Green said softly.

According to probation officials, the judge said, Ms. Green complained about “having to watch stupid videos,” claimed she was sick on the date of one appointment and showed up 34 minutes late for another.

Ms. Green and Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, Massena, allegedly tried to kidnap another Massena resident, Catherine A. Berry, 17, of 66 Liberty Ave., on Feb. 16. Police in Massena have tied the incident — and a suspected reprisal in which Ms. Green and Mr. Lloyd allegedly were shot at by a man claiming to be a friend of Ms. Berry — to a turf war over the village’s growing drug trade.

She was arraigned before Judge Richards on March 25 in connection with the Feb. 16 incident. But Ms. Green, who recently had learned that she was pregnant, tested positive for marijuana that day, and the judge warned her to stay clean or face jail, regardless of her pregnancy.

Ms. Green came to court as a spectator Tuesday to attend a bail hearing for Mr. Lloyd when the judge ordered her jailed on a bench warrant after probation officials filed a report indicating she did not undergo counseling as directed. Mr. Lloyd was sent back to the county jail, Canton, without bail.

“She’s going to do this even if she doesn’t believe she needs treatment. She’s going to follow through,” defense attorney Peter A. Dumas told the judge.

“She got herself into this situation,” the judge told Mr. Dumas. “If she wants to be free, there are conditions.”

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