MASSENA - A Massena mans last minute change of heart that he would rather enter a substance abuse treatment program than go to jail didnt convince the village justice that he shouldnt be sentenced to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced Christopher A. Delosh. 28, of 140 Liberty Ave., Apt. 2, Massena, to 60 days in the county jail and ordered him to pay a $205 surcharge for an attempted petit larceny conviction. He was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge, which was reduced to civil judgment.
The plea bargain agreement satisfied petit larceny counts from Jan. 15 and July 16 as well as a fourth-degree criminal mischief charge from Aug. 25.
He admitted he had stolen four Gateway Notebook computers from the Massena Walmart store on Jan. 15. The four computers had a total value of $912.
Deloshs attorney, Denice (Goodrich) Smith, reminded the court at the time of the plea jail time and substance abuse treatment had both been placed on the table as possible options for her client. She acknowledged her client had previously indicated he would prefer jail time to entering a treatment program.
At that time he preferred the 60 days. He now admits he has a drug problem and wants to engage in treatment. The underlying problem here is drug addiction, and I dont think 90 days or 60 days in jail will address that, she said.
Mr. Gustafson wasnt swayed by the defense attorneys argument. The problem Mr. Delosh has is he has been offered chance after chance after chance for the past 13 years. My suggestion is talk is cheap. I have probably heard how people have changed their lives 10,000 times over the last 15 years. Its time for you to take action. Talk is cheap, and Ive heard too much, he said.
Deloshs legal issues have multiplied while he was awaiting sentencing on the attempted petit larceny conviction.
State police had charged Deloshand Elizabeth K. Wickwire, 25, of 4241 Route 310, Norfolk, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument following a traffic stop on Oct. 7.
The duo were arrested after police conducted a traffic stop on County Route 40 in the town of Louisville when driver Jason Monroe was stopped for a seat belt violation. He was issued a traffic ticket returnable to Louisville Town Court..
While interviewing Delosh, troopers learned that a warrant for his arrest had been issued out of Potsdam Town Court for the alleged July 21 theft of security cameras from Walmart in Potsdam.
During a search, Delosh was found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle that police said was fully loaded with heroin. Upon further investigation, police discovered that there was a second needle in the back seat of the vehicle along with a spoon, which police said is commonly used to cook the narcotic.
Troopers said they found a hypodermic needle in Wickwires purse during a search.
Delosh was additionally charged with petit larceny in connection with the warrant and a second petit larceny charge for an alleged Aug. 25 theft of two packages of mens boxers from Walmart in Potsdam.
Potsdam Village Police charged Deloshwith third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance at 1:12a.m. Thursday after patrols responded to a complaint of drugs found inside a local business. Delosh was reportedly arrested when he returned to the store in an effort to retrieve a packet containing heroin.