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CANTON — A New Jersey man ho was sentenced to prison Tuesday for drug possession said he was concerned that he would have to cut his hair once in prison, going against his newly found religion.

Michael A. Delgado, 28, of Newark, N.J., was sentenced to seven years in prison for his April 25 guilty plea to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

On Sept. 11 in the village of Massena, Mr. Delgado was in possession of cocaine with the intent to sell it.

During his appearance, Mr. Delgado, who had the start of dreadlocks in his hair, told St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards that he had become a member of the Rastafarian religious movement, which has distinctive codes of behavior and dress, including the wearing of dreadlocks.

Mr. Delgado’s attorney, Thomas C. Finnerty, said his client wanted to make a record of his religious beliefs, which he said he began practicing four and a half months ago, so that when he was placed in the custody of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, he wouldn’t be forced to cut his hair.

In addition to prison, he was sentenced to two years of post-release supervision. Remaining charges of two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance were also be satisfied.

He also forfeited $1,094 seized at the time of his arrest.

In other court action Tuesday:

Kevin Grant, 41, of Ocean City, N.J., was sentenced to 5½ years in prison with two years of post-release supervision for his April 24 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office. That sentence was judicially mandated to be served in shock incarceration, a substance-abuse treatment program that involves six months of military-style treatment, with the remainder of the sentence completed on parole.

On Jan. 25 in the village of Massena, Mr. Grant was in possession of heroin with the intent to sell it.

He also forfeited $4,000 that was seized at the time of his arrest of which $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges will be paid out of.

James Delosh, 52, of 18 Park St., Apt. F, Massena, was sentenced to four years in prison with two years of post-release supervision for his April 25 guilty plea to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office. That sentence was judicially mandated to be served in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program.

On Sept. 16 in the town of Louisville, he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell it.

Mr. Delosh also forfeited $1,073 that was seized at the time of his arrest.

Jerome T. Dobbs, 30, of 226 Wood Road, Lisbon, was released from St. Lawrence County jail after the district attorney’s office failed to indict him within 45 days of his being charged and held.

Mr. Dobbs was charged April 29 in connection with a burglary, a baseball-bat beating of a truck and shots fired, with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was released on his own recognizance.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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