Feedback: Plea Bargain Draws Criticism


While Massena officials say they are glad Patrick Lloyd and Miranda Green (pictured) will spend time in prison for their role in an attempted kidnapping, Town Supervisor Joe Gray is critical of St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome Richards, who suggested the pair accept a plea bargain during their trial.

"I will admit I was somewhat surprised that the judge advocated from the bench that they take a plea bargain, but that said, these are bad people and I'm glad they're going to jail," said Gray.

In a post on the social networking site Facebook, Gray wrote that the county judge was "unfit to serve on the bench."

We asked him to explain.

"The judge isn't a defense attorney. He's not the DA. He's the judge. So that surprised me, but as a public official, I respect the fact that he is a judge. I respect his position. I was just surprised by that action and personally, I was disappointed," said Gray.

Lloyd, who is expected to be sentenced to 8 years in prison in November as part of a plea bargain on an felony attempting kidnapping charge, was also among those named on federal charges in a drug-related round up earlier this month and could face life in prison if convicted.

Green also pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping charges and faces one and one-third to four years in prison when she is sentenced November 6.

Village Mayor Jim Hidy says the plea bargain offered by the district attorney's office at the judge's urging was acceptable under the circumstances.

"I know that the federal government is right next in line for this guy and he's not going anywhere. Now, had it not been for that...I wouldn't have been in support of it," said Hidy.

We attempted to reach Judge Richards for comment but were told he was at a judge's conference in Saratoga County and unavailable.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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