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March 24, 2014

4-time felon gets max in domestic incident

PLATTSBURGH — A four-time felony offender received the maximum sentence for hitting his ex-girlfriend in the face and damaging her car.

Kenneth W. Bombard Jr., 50, was sentenced by Clinton County Judge Kevin Ryan to three and a half to seven years in prison for a second-degree criminal-mischief conviction, according to a news release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

The AuSable man also received a one-year jail sentence for a third-degree assault conviction.

The sentences will run concurrently.

TURNED DOWN PLEA

Before his January trial, he had previously turned down a plea offer of two to four years prison, the DA’s Office said.

This is Bombard’s fourth felony and 15th misdemeanor conviction in a criminal history that dates back to 1981, the DA’s Office said.

“We requested the maximum sentence given the defendant’s criminal history, lack of acceptance of responsibility and the violent nature of his convictions,” said Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer, who prosecuted the case. “I’m glad the judge agreed.”

Bombard did not deliver a statement in court, the DA’s Office said.

FACES MORE TIME

Prior to the sentencing, Bombard pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a separate case.

He assaulted a fellow inmate at the Clinton County Jail while he was being held on the criminal mischief and assault charges, the DA’s Office said.

Bombard faces up to seven additional years in prison on that charge; sentencing is set for June 3.

As part of his sentence in the domestic incident, Bombard must provide a DNA sample and pay $375 in mandatory surcharges and $5,425.63 in restitution for the damage to the ex-girlfriend’s car and her medical bills, as she was forced to have oral surgery, the DA’s Office said.

That money will come from his prison wages. 

Ryan issued an order of protection on behalf of the victim. The order will remain valid until March 19, 2029.

Bombard was represented by attorney Mark Cowen.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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