Man Sentenced To 22 Years To Life In Death Of Ogdensburg Man
A 32 year old Ogdensburg man will spend 22 years to life in prison for his part in the death of an elderly man who was killed during a drug-related robbery attempt.
Anthony Lalonde maintained his innocence at his sentencing in St. Lawrence County Court Monday morning on second degree murder and first degree robbery charges.
Lalonde told the court his "heart goes out to the family," but, he said, "I am an innocent man. I did not rob or murder Gene in any way."
Lalonde was convicted in a jury trial earlier this year. Two other men were acquitted.
Eighty-two year old Ralph "Gene" Lawton died from injuries he received during the robbery at his Ford Street apartment.
Lawton's daughter, Kathy Podolak, told Lalonde through a victim's impact statement that "we know you didn't mean to kill him," but "his death was a direct result of what you planned out."
Thursday, December 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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