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Massena man charged with assaulting mother, ex-girlfriend released from custody after entering guilty plea


MASSENA - A Massena man charged with punching his ex-girlfriend and mother during a domestic dispute in January has been released from custody, where he had been held for nearly four months, after pleading guilty to two counts related to the incident.

Village police had charged Andrew G. Courson, 25, of 24 Roosevelt St., with second-degree burglary, criminal obstruction of breathing, three counts of third-degree assault, three counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree contempt of court about 7:45 a.m. Jan. 4 stemming from a domestic dispute at his mother’s residence at 24 Roosevelt St. that reportedly took place over a two-hour period.

Courson pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt and third-degree assault in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied the other charges stemming from the incident. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 15. The village justice also extended a no contact order of protection order of protection.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Michael Gebo had indicated he wasn’t opposed to defense attorney Effie Kyriakopolous’s call for her client to be released from custody, where he had been held since Jan. 4, as long as the order of protection was extended.

Courson was charged with punching his ex-girlfriend, Amanda L. Parmer in the face several times during an altercation that took place at 5 a.m. and a second incident at 7 a.m. Jan. 4. He also allegedly squeezed Ms. Parmer’s neck so that she was temporarily unable to breathe during the earlier attack.

Police said her face was bruised, and she had swelling to her face and around her eyes as a result of the altercation. She was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

When his mother intervened in an effort to stop her son’s attack on Ms. Parmer on both occasions, Courson reportedly punched her in the head and pushed her into a wall. She complained of pain to her head and leg and was also transported to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

He also allegedly knocked a lamp over in his mother’s bedroom, breaking it; damaged sheetrock at his mother’s residence when he pushed her into a living room wall; and knocked a cell phone out of Ms. Parmer’s hands when she was trying to call 911 for assistance. He also allegedly took the phone out of her hands and kept it when she made a second attempt to seek assistance from police.

The criminal contempt charge alleges Courson violated a St. Lawrence County Family Court order signed by Judge Cecily L. Morris in September by consuming alcohol and being under the influence of alcohol in the presence of his 3-year-old daughter.

He was charged with burglary for re-entering his mother’s home at 7 a.m. after being told he was not welcome there following the earlier domestic incident and punchingand pushing his mother after coming back into her home.

Ms. Chapman said she entered her living room shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday when she heard screaming and found her son on top of his ex-girlfriend.

“Andrew was pounding on her who was on top of her. I grabbed Andrew to get him off to which he shoved me. I was able to get Andrew off Amanda, and him and I began to wrestle around,” Ms. Chapman noted in the statement she reportedly signed for police.

“I got Amanda into my bedroom and locked her in. Andrew then began punching me in the face, hitting my chin, punched me in the stomach, anywhere he could,” she added.

She said her son eventually got into her bedroom and attacked Ms. Parmer again, repeatedly punching her in the face. Ms. Chapman said she intervened again and was thrown down again by her son, who then started punching her again.

“The whole time Andrew and I were fighting Andrew was telling me he was going to kill me and Amanda,” Ms. Chapman said in her statement.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Amber M. Miller 28, of 55 Liberty Ave., Massena, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison Appleby said Miller is awaiting a bed in an in-patient substance abuse treatment program. Mr. Gustafson said he would release Miller to a treatment bed, but rejected a request by Ms. Appleby to have her client released from jail so she could get her affairs in order before entering the treatment program.

■ Andrew J. Katura, 26, also of 55 Liberty Ave., Massena, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $40,000 cash or $75,000 bond. His case was adjourned to May 20 in village court.

Village police had charged Katurawith felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon - assault rifle, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon - high capacity ammo feeding device following the execution of a search warrant March 28 at his residence .

He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police also charged Katura with a second count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance stemming from a sale that took place in January.

His girlfriend, Miller, was charged with felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon - assault rifle and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

■ Bobby C. Page Jr., 27, of 34 McCluskey Ave., Massena, was sent back to the county jail after having his bail reduced from $2,500 cash to $1,500 cash. Defense attorney Joseph Welch told the court he had discussed the case with the assistant district attorney, and Mr. Gebo had indicated he wanted to review the file more closely and talk to the victim before extending any possible plea offer,

Village police had charged Pagewith two counts of second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment Saturday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to attack another man with a brick and then a knife April 12 on South Main Street.

Village police said they received a complaint at 3:30 p.m. April 12 that Page had been chasing James J. Love, 28 with a brick on South Main Street. After Love was able to wrestle the brick away from him.

Page then reportedly went inside his residence, grabbed a kitchen knife with a four-and-a-half-inch blade, returned to the sidewalk in front of the apartment building and started swinging the knife at Love. The alleged victim kept backing away from Page until he threw the kitchen knife into a grass embankment near the bridge crossing state Route 420 near East Hatfield Street.

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