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Lloyd sent to prison for attempted kidnapping of Massena woman

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CANTON — The New York City man who attempted to kidnap an 18-year-old Massena woman last year was sentenced to prison on Thursday after several adjournments since November.

Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, was sentenced to eight years in prison after his guilty plea to felony second-degree attempted kidnapping.

Mr. Lloyd, along with Miranda M. Green, 19, of 37 Howard St., Massena, pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to shoving Catherine A. Berry, then 18, to the ground and punching and kicking her in the face several times Feb. 16.

The couple admitted to stopping Ms. Berry on the street, restraining her hands and trying to force her into their vehicle before their actions drew the attention of neighbors on Sycamore Street where the incident occurred. Ms. Berry suffered several bruises and facial swelling.

At the time of his guilty plea, Mr. Lloyd was represented by attorney Edward F. Narrow of Syracuse. Mr. Narrow was replaced by attorney Stanley L. Cohen of New York City.

Mr. Cohen said Mr. Lloyd accepted the original plea deal only because he was led to believe that his sentence would be recommended concurrent to his federal sentencing on drug-trafficking charges.

Mr. Lloyd is under federal indictment by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of New York on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and heroin, in Franklin, St. Lawrence and Clinton counties.

St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards reviewed court transcripts with Mr. Cohen and Assistant District Attorney Joshua A. HaberkornHalm, and determined he was not bound to concurrent sentencing.

“I wish I could turn back the hands of time,” Mr. Lloyd said, adding that he wanted to move forward with his life.

Mr. Lloyd was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted in New York County Court on Sept. 7, 2006, for felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. Lloyd was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Mr. Lloyd originally was scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 6. Sentencing was adjourned until Jan. 13 and again Feb. 24.

The first two adjournments were due to pending federal drug trafficking charges. The last was because Mr. Cohen failed to appear.

Prior to sentencing, Judge Richards threatened to sanction Mr. Cohen with a fine of $659.05 to offset the Massena Village Police Department’s costs for gasoline and personnel used to transport Mr. Lloyd from Plattsburgh to Canton.

That sanction was waived when Mr. Cohen said his office had been overwhelmed with the New York City trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Graith, whom Mr. Cohen represented.

He said that in the 20 years he has been coming to St. Lawrence County Court, he has never failed to at least alert the court he would not be able to attend a hearing.

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