TUPPER LAKE — A grand jury says a U.S. Army sergeant was justified in his use of deadly force when he clashed with a mob near a Tupper Lake bar and stabbed two women.
Jason A. Jauron, 30, a squad leader in the infantry of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, was cleared of two counts of second-degree assault when a Franklin County grand jury returned two no-bill findings Monday after hearing testimony from 17 witnesses.
But the panel did hand up indictments on three others for allegedly kicking and punching the soldier even when he was handcuffed and in police custody.
The three are also accused of trying to tip over the Tupper Lake Police Department patrol car containing Jauron, while a fourth man was indicted for allegedly using several lengths of board found to bash in and severely damage Jauron's car after the soldier was carted away.
▶ William LeBlanc, 62, of Forrest Avenue, Tupper Lake, was indicted on a charge of second-degree gang assault, pleaded not guilty in County Court and was released under the supervision of the Probation Department.
▶ Curtis J. Eggsware, 23, of Waller Street, Piercefield was indicted on charges of second-degree gang assault and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration. His arraignment was adjourned until he could have an attorney present.
▶ Robert W. Charland, 34, of First Street, Tupper Lake was indicted on a charge of second-degree gang assault as a second-felony offender, pleaded not guilty and was taken to County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 insurance bond.
▶ Douglas J. Snyder, 26, of Oak Street, Tupper Lake was indicted for second-degree criminal mischief, pleaded not guilty and was released under probation supervision.
District Attorney Derek Champagne said the grand jury ordered him to file a misdemeanor charge in Tupper Lake Court against Jauron for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly having a 6-inch switchblade on May 29.