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Rensselaer Falls man facing prison time after violating probation

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CANTON — A Rensselaer Falls man is facing up to nine years in prison after he was returned to St. Lawrence County Court Monday on a warrant for violation of probation.

Richard H. Martin III, 19, of 30 East St., is charged with felony third-degree burglary related to the November 2012 theft of a revolver from the Todd Road home of Garrison T. Barcomb, and felony fourth-degree grand larceny in the Nov. 14, 2012 theft of several items including a debit card, a wallet containing $25 in cash, a combined $190 in other cash and a pair of athletic shoes.

As part of a plea deal with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Martin was placed on one year of interim probation for both charges. County Judge Jerome J. Richards said that Mr. Martin failed to complete chemical dependency treatment as required to earn the benefit of straight probation at his sentencing.

On Oct. 17, Mr. Martin allegedly told staff members at the treatment center that he would rather go to jail than complete treatment, Judge Richards said.

Additionally, on Dec. 4, when St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies were picking Mr. Martin up on the warrant, they found him in possession of 6.5 grams of marijuana packaged for sales, Judge Richards said.

“You don’t want to be rehabilitated,” Judge Richards said. “It’s not going to get any better or easier now that you are going to prison.”

Mr. Martin told the judge he was “sick of the stress and anger I have brought on myself and my family.”

“I stand before you today not as a boy but as a man,” Mr. Martin told the judge. “I’m ready to do my time.”

“You realize that makes no sense at all,” Judge Richards told him.

Mr. Martin was returned to the St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held without bail. Sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 10.

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