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Richville man sentenced to one year in jail for theft of guns


CANTON — A Richville man will spend a year in county jail for theft of guns from a Gouverneur residence.

Anthony M. Montoya, 21, 91 Main St.,was sentenced Wednesday to a year in St. Lawrence County jail for felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property – fire arms — by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards.

Mr. Montoya was one of five people charged in the investigation of the Dec. 21 burglary of a safe from a home at 1383 County Route 12.

The theft netted two handguns, $800 in cash and more than 90 OxyContin tablets. The opioid drug is frequently prescribed to treat severe or chronic pain, according to state police at the time of the crime.

Mr. Montoya pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 3 and was sent for inpatient treatment but walked out four days after being admitted, Judge Richards said. Mr. Montoya received an unsatisfactory discharge from outpatient treatment in October after a second attempt at treatment, Judge Richards added. A warrant for his arrest was issued by county court, and authorities located him in Gouverneur hiding in a basement of a duplex home on Quarry Road.

In addition to his one-year jail sentence, Judge Richards ordered an eight-year order of protection in favor of Robert F. and Tina M. Horton.

Mr. Montoya is also ordered to pay $1,210 in restitution and $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

In other court action Monday:

Sean M. Reid-Frost, 27, of 120 Grove St., Gouverneur, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree rape, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

It is alleged that Mr. Reid-Frost had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl on Oct. 20.

The girl allegedly contracted a sexually transmitted disease as a result. A St. Lawrence County grand jury indictment also alleges that Mr. Reid-Frost possessed a hypodermic needle for the purpose of injecting morphine.

Mr. Reid-Frost’s attorney, St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button, said his client had been tested for STDs in jail and received negative test results. Mr. Button added that Mr. Reid-Frost’s girlfriend, who is pregnant with his child, was tested as well and received negative test results.

Mr. Reid-Frost was returned to St. Lawrence County jail where he is being held without bail.

Christopher J. Hughes, 32, of 81 Grantville Road, Norfolk, appeared on a warrant for violations of probation.

Mr. Hughes had been released under probation supervision after he pleaded not guilty to charges to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after being arrested on heroin charges.

Judge Richards said St. Lawrence County Probation Department filed a report with the court stating that Mr. Hughes failed to report to scheduled dates.

Mr. Hughes was taken to St. Lawrence County jail where he is being held on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Kane W. Henderson, 23, of West Linn, Ore., who pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance on Oct. 21, has had his sentence adjourned to Jan. 13.

Mr. Henderson, who was a Clarkson University student, sold LSD to his classmates on Dec. 1, 2012, and had been expelled from the school after his arrest.

Mr. Kane told Judge Richards that he has reapplied to the school and is awaiting a response to see if he will be accepted back.

Judge Richards said Mr. Henderson would be facing some jail time in addition to a probation sentence but adjourned sentencing to see if he is readmitted next semester in order to determine how the jail time would be served, during weekends or consecutively.

Judge Richards exonerated the $2,500 bail Mr. Henderson had been released on and released him under probation supervision.

Luke D. Hehir, 22, and James Upsure, 47, both of 59 Maple St., Apt. 1B, Massena, pleaded not guilty to felony, third-degree burglary charges.

It is alleged that on Oct. 20, both men illegally entered the building at 7 Clary St., Massena, with the intent to commit a crime.

Mr. Hehir and Mr. Upsure were both returned to St. Lawrence County jail where they are being held on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Scott A. Rheome, 32, of 1424 Ford St., Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to two counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI, all class E felonies.

It is alleged that Mr. Rheome had a 0.20 percent blood alcohol content while driving May 29 on County Route 28 in the town of Lisbon. A BAC of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or higher.

Mr. Rheome was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in Ogdensburg City Court on April 21, 2009.

He was remanded to St. Lawrence County jail where he is being held without bail awaiting a violation of probation charge, which he will answer for on Friday.

Courtney J. Errigo, 36, Summerville, S.C., was sentenced to five years of probation for her Oct. 16 guilty plea to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Ms. Errigo was involved in a July 3, 2012, rollover car crash on County Route 39, in the town of Norfolk while her daughters, who were passengers in the vehicle, weren’t in child restraints. They were taken to Massena Memorial Hospital for evaluation but were not injured, troopers said. Ms. Errigo suffered minor left arm injuries.

Her blood alcohol content, taken via blood sample, exceeded 0.18 percent, troopers said.

Ms. Errigo’s probation was transferred to her home state of South Carolina, and she was ordered to pay $2,070 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Kenyon J. Chase, 38, of 419 Lincoln Ave., Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

It is alleged that on Oct. 21, Mr. Chase illegally entered 525 Hayward St., Ogdensburg, and struck Nicholas A. Steenkamer in the head with a flashlight and pushed his sister, Cornelia P. Steenkamer, to the ground.

Mr. Chase was released under probation supervision pending further court proceedings.

Bernard W. Phillips II, 39, of 33D Grantville Road, Norfolk, who is charged with two counts of DWI and aggravated DWI, all felonies, failed to appear for arraignment.

It is alleged that Mr. Phillips had a 0.20 percent blood alcohol content while driving Aug. 27 on Route 56 in the town of Norfolk.

He was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in Norfolk Town Court on July 21, 2010.

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