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January 15, 2014

AuSable man guilty of damaging car, hitting ex-girlfriend

PLATTSBURGH — Kenneth W. Bombard Jr. could be sentenced to a maximum of seven years in prison for damaging a former girlfriend’s car. 

And he could spend as much as a year in jail for striking her repeatedly in the face, according to a press release from Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie. 

On Jan. 10, a jury convicted the Town of AuSable man, 50, of second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, following a three-day trial in Clinton County Court before Judge Kevin K. Ryan. 

The jury deliberated for about an hour before finding Bombard guilty of the assault and of causing $2,280.74 in damage to the vehicle on March 23, 2013, the release said.

NEEDED ORAL SURGERY

The victim, according to the DA’s Office, was forced to have oral surgery due to her injuries.

“Unfortunately, many victims stay in abusive relationships because they are scared of what might happen if they leave or attempt to leave,” Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer, who prosecuted the case, said in a statement. 

“In this case, you have a victim who found the strength to leave the relationship, the courage to seek help and ultimately the bravery to stand up for herself and confront him in court.”

‘FIGHT IN JAIL’

Sentencing is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Bombard faces a minimum of two years and, at most, seven years in prison on the criminal-mischief charge and up to a year in jail on the lesser conviction for assault.

Ryan ordered him held on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. 

Bombard, who was represented by attorney Mark Cowen, faces a further charge of second-degree assault, a felony, for a fight that occurred in Clinton County Jail while he was held on there on the criminal-mischief and assault charges. 

“That matter will be conferenced in February,” the release said.

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