Colton man takes plea in baseball bat assault, faces 12-plus years in prison


Colton man takes plea in baseball bat assault, faces 12-plus years in prison

CANTON — The South Colton man charged in a baseball-bat beating of three Massena men will face over a dozen years in prison after taking a plea deal Thursday in St. Lawrence County Court.Justin C. Scovil (previously misreported as Scovill), 33, of 15 Mill St., South Colton, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office. The plea came prior to a scheduled hearing to determine whether or not to exclude statements Mr. Scovil made to police at the time of his arrest.On Aug. 9 at 2 Willow St. in the village of Massena, Mr. Scovil entered the residence with the intent to commit a crime and seriously injured Robert Northrup with the use of a baseball bat, causing Mr. Northrup a traumatic brain injury, cerebral bleeding and a fractured eye socket and jaw.St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary M. Pasqua said that Mr. Northrup just finished treatment for his injuries and has been left with long-lasting effects as a result of them. As part of the plea deal, Mr. Scovil will be sentenced to 12½ years in prison as a second-felony offender with five years of post-release supervision.On Nov. 18, 2012 in St. Lawrence County, Mr. Scovil was convicted of felony third-degree burglary, for which he was sentenced to 30 months to five years in prison.The plea deal will also satisfy the remaining charges in the indictment, including five more counts of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree robbery, all felonies. According to Massena Village Police, officers responded to a disturbance call at about 2 a.m. at 2 Willow St., Apt. 105 and found three men with serious head injuries inside the apartment. Mr. Scovil was originally charged with also assaulting Lucas Northrup and John Skidd. He was also alleged to have stolen bottles of prescription medication, police said at the time.Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 19, three no-contact orders of protection were issued against Mr. Scovil in favor of the victims and he was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.
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Colton man takes plea in baseball bat assault, faces 12-plus years in prison

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