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Massena woman with long record of alcohol-related charges sentenced to 90 days in jail


MASSENA - A Massena woman with a history of alcohol-related violations and misdemeanor arrests was sentenced to 90 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after she pleaded guilty to two counts in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a host of other charges pending against her in village court.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Carrie L. Gambaccini to pay a $205 surcharge for her resisting arrest conviction when she is released from custody. She will be eligible for release from the jail in about a month if she receives good time credit for the time she has served in jail since her latest arrest.

Gambaccini was placed under a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay an additional $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction.

Gambaccini had been charged with second-degree harassment after she pushed and spit on a police officer responding to the incident at 9:25 p.m. March 30, 2012 on Haskell Street. Police had responded to Haskell Street after Gambaccini allegedly pushed her way into the Kelly Lett residence at 13 Haskell St.

The resisting arrest charge stemmed from an incident on June 15. Village police charged Gambaccini with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following an incident at 8 p.m. June 15 on Center Street. Police said Gambaccini refused to comply with orders to stop yelling and screaming and then attempted to run from officers when they tried to take her into custody on the disorderly conduct charge. Police alleged Gambaccini was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Nicole Sabasowitz said her client understood what she had done and was interested in participating in a treatment program. She noted the plea bargain agreement reached with prosecutors included a stipulation that the district attorney’s office would recommended Gambaccini be sentenced to time served.

“I can tell you that is not what is going to happen. She has seven pending matters and most involve public displays of intoxication,” Mr. Gustafson said before Gambaccini entered her plea.

Gambaccini later also asked the court to consider sentencing her to time served. “I’d like to go home today so I can work on myself, work with my kids, be a better mom,” she said.

Mr. Gustafson wasn’t swayed by her argument. “That plea was in satisfaction of a whole pile of charges. My hope is after you serve your 90 days I won’t see you again. Good luck,” he told the Massena woman.

Gambaccini was charged by village police with disorderly conduct on Sept. 3, Feb. 8, Feb. 17 and April 23 and for an open container violation on April 5. Court documents in most of the disorderly conduct cases alleged Gambaccini was heavily intoxicated when police responded to the complaints.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Terry L. Crump Jr., 41, of 543 South Main St., Massena, pleaded guilty to attempted resisting arrest in a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office. He was sentenced to the time he served in jail following his arrest and was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a DNA sample to the state’s database. He was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal on a second charge stemming from the incident on May 22.

Crump had been charged with second-degree criminal contempt and resisting arrest at 10:25 p.m. May 22 after responding to a domestic dispute call at Joleen (Bigtree) Coffey’s residence at 259 Center St. Police noted they heard the male and female yelling at each other when they arrived on the scene and located the couple in Coffey’s apartment.

Acting Village Justice James M. Crandall had signed an order of protection on Feb. 20, 2013 directing Crump to stay away from Ms. Coffey. Police said Crump pulled away and fought with police officers when they were taking him into custody on the criminal contempt charge.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew T. Botts told the court Coffey had been uncooperative and stressed she did not want a stay away order of protection in place. Mr. Gustafson signed a no harassment order of protection for the charges pending in his court, but he warned Crump a stay away order of protection remains in effect from a conviction from Mr. Crandall’s court. Mr. Crandall later agreed to amend his order of protection as well as to allow the couple to have contact with each other.

Mr. Gustafson warned Crump a violation of the conditional discharge would result in additional jail time. He rejected a recommendation in the plea bargain agreement suggesting the duo enter couple’s counseling, noting he had no jurisdiction over Ms. Coffey.

“I’m going to sentence him to time served. If he violated the CD, I’m going to sentence him to jail for the maximum time left for that conviction,” he noted.

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