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Norfolk man sentenced to prison for multiple rape charges


CANTON — The Norfolk man convicted of multiple felonies related to the rape of a 15-year-old girl last year was sentenced Monday to 11 years in prison.

Patrick R. Wright, 31, of 262 Marsh Road, was found guilty by a St. Lawrence County Court jury March 3 on six of the 10 charges he faced.

Wright had sex with the teenage girl on Feb. 2, 2013, when she was alone with him at his mother’s home at 169 Tiernan Road, the girl said during the trial. She testified that Wright gave her alcohol and marijuana before having oral sex and intercourse with her.

The jury of seven women and five men found Wright guilty of third-degree rape, three counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child.

The jury acquitted him of the top count, first-degree rape, as well as three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, all class B violent felonies, and all indicators of forcible sex acts. The charges on which Wright was found guilty all related to the age of the victim.

In addition to his prison sentence, he was sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,522.56 and court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $1,425. A 20-year order of protection was issued in favor of the victim.

In other court action Monday:

Leonard P. DeShane Jr., 28, of 42 County Route 20, Constable, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Mr. DeShane is accused of breaking into the home of Thomas J. Spinner on 221 Route 37B, Louisville, on May 26 and stealing a three-diamond gold ring with a value exceeding $1,000.

He was released under probation supervision.

Michael F. Danson-Gotham, 40, of 42 Main St., Upper Apt., Akron, was sentenced to five years’ probation for aggravated driving while intoxicated.

When pulled over June 25, 2012, on Campbell Road, Waddington, Mr. Danson-Gotham allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.24 percent, three times the state threshold for intoxication of 0.08 percent. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or higher.

In addition to his probation sentence, he was ordered to pay court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $2,070, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle for one year once his license is reinstated.

Jordan M. Hadfield, 26, of 104 Barker Road, Antwerp, was placed on one year of interim probation for aggravated DWI and two counts of felony DWI.

On May 10 a trooper witnessed Mr. Hadfield drive off County Route 12, Gouverneur, into a cornfield and back onto the road. Mr. Hadfield had a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years, leading to the felony charge.

Final sentencing was adjourned to April 6.

Colin T. Lajoy, 20, of 310 Main St., Apt. 2, Ogdensburg, was placed on one year of interim probation for felony criminal possession of marijuana.

On June 6 in the town of Louisville, Mr. Lajoy was found in possession of in excess of one pound of marijuana. Final sentencing was adjourned to April 6.

Robert A. Rule, 46, of 946 Route 11C, Brasher Falls, was sentenced to 120 days in county jail to be served on weekends starting immediately and five years’ probation for felony DWI.

On May 2, 2012, Mr. Rule was driving on Dullea Road in the town of Brasher with a BAC of 0.15 percent, police said. He previously had been convicted of felony DWI in 2003 in Franklin County.

In addition to his sentence, he was ordered to pay fines, fees and surcharges totaling $2,070, had his driver’s license revoked, and will have to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for one year once his license is reinstated.

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