WINTHROP MAN GETS ONE LAST CHANCE FROM JUDGE

A man from Winthrop… already in deep troupble for possessing forged checks from a Canton area real estate agency… narrowly escaped even more serious charges, when he tested positive for drugs and alcohol… plus had another ten violations of his interim probation. 37 year old Joshua White was scheduled for final sentencing in St. Lawrence County Court this week… on Monday morning… in connection with his March 2018 guilty plea to felony charges including attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument. White had pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors, in return for being placed on one year of interim probation. If he abided by the terms of that probation and successfully completed recommended substance abuse treatment, he would have seen his felony charge vacated down to a misdemeanor. But because of his violations, that didn’t work out for him. As the judge ran down a list of violations that included hite testing positive for cocaine, THC and alcohol… plus the fact that he had been required to pay $3,498 restitution to Byrns Realty, but only paid $130… things started to look pretty grim for White… who had also been unsuccessfully discharged from treatment. The judge said he was not inclined to stick to the original plea deal… but after a lot of negotiation, another proposal was made. This time around, Judge Richards allowed White to extend his interim probation for one more year to give him the opportunity to come into compliance with the terms and conditions. But this time, if he screws up again, he is headed to prison for four years.