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Massachusetts man sentenced to prison for two separate attacks.


CANTON — A Massachusetts man charged with stabbing one man and breaking the nose of another was sentenced Thursday in St. Lawrence County Court to state prison.

Doland R. Sylvia Jr., 29, of Palmer, Mass., was sentenced to up to eight years in prison by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards on two counts of second-degree attempted assault, both felonies.

In March 2011, Mr. Sylvia admitted to stabbing Richard Manford in the back four times during an argument while partying Dec. 2, 2010, at 749 Route 11C, Brasher Falls. Mr. Manford recovered from those injuries. Mr. Sylvia also confessed to punching Thomas P. Mauckin in the face Dec. 26, 2010, at the jail and breaking his nose during an argument.

The admission came in a plea agreement that had covered two other matters, a second inmate fight and the shooting of a 12-year-old boy in the thigh three times with a BB gun on Sept. 12, 2010, at Brasher Falls.

Mr. Sylvia was sentenced as a second felony offender and was ordered to pay $750 in court fines, fees and surcharges and restitution in the amount of $966 for stabbing Mr. Manford. A restitution amount is still being worked out for Mr. Mauckin.

On Nov. 1, Mr. Sylvia was charged with second-degree assault following an investigation into an incident at the St. Lawrence County jail when he reportedly bit an officer who was escorting him. The officer received medical attention for his injury.

Mr. Sylvia was arraigned on the assault charge and sent back to jail.

In court action Monday:

Anthony J. Jock, 33, of 36 Glebe Road, Lisbon, was sentenced as a second felony offender to 3 to seven years in state prison on two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Mr. Jock was sentenced to prison by Judge Richards after being kicked out of the Judicial Diversion Program for violating the terms and conditions of the program.

“This is about punishment now,” Judge Richards said. “If you are going to con people out of their money, there is only one place for you and that isn’t treatment, it is prison.”

In addition to prison time, Mr. Jock was ordered to pay $6,733 in restitution and $750 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Carol A. Elmer, 66, of 269 Cold Spring Road, Lisbon, denied allegations that she violated the terms and conditions of her probation.

On June 28, Ms. Elmer was sentenced to three years’ probation after she pleaded guilty to two counts of torturing or injuring animals/failure to provide sustenance. She was charged Dec. 30, 2008, with failure to provide proper sustenance to 22 horses.

In court on Monday, Judge Richards said she failed to keep up on her restitution payments, did not provide secure separation between her stallions and mares, did not have her stallions castrated, did not provide probation with evidence that adequate medical treatment was being given to her horses and did not have appropriate fencing for the horses. Probation also reported that there was debris scattered that could have caused injury to Ms. Elmer’s horses.

She was released under continued probation supervision and is scheduled to return to County Court for a hearing Dec. 16.

Michael K. Kocsis, 49, of 147 E. Orvis St., Massena, pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony.

It is alleged that on Sept. 10, 14, 17 and 18, 2012, Mr. Kocsis was in possession of four forged checks that belonged to First Niagara Bank account holder Nice Nails Spa, with the knowledge that they were forged and with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another.

Mr. Kocsis, who is serving time in state prison, was returned to jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Richard L. Cyrus, 21, of 90 W. Main St., Apt. 6, Gouverneur, was sent to St. Lawrence County jail by Judge Richards after he was picked up on a warrant for allegedly violating his probation.

Mr. Cyrus pleaded not guilty April 9 to two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He had been released under probation supervision.

Judge Richards said Mr. Cyrus left inpatient treatment against medical advice. He was supposed to complete treatment successfully as a part of his probation. It was alleged that Mr. Cyrus then was unable to be reached and probation department officials reported that his whereabouts were unknown.

Robert J. Coons III, 23, of 6 Philadelphia Ave., Mechanicville, was sentenced to two years’ probation after successfully completing a year of interim probation and pleading guilty to a reduced charge.

Mr. Coons had his Aug. 27, 2012, guilty plea to felony third-degree criminal mischief and misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespass charges vacated and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor criminal trespassing. He was ordered to pay $50 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

The charges stemmed from Mr. Coons remaining unlawfully at James P. Barnes II’s Potsdam residence on Feb. 25, 2012, and damaging his front door.

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