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Jury convicts Brushton man of attempted murder

February 29, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A Brushton man was found guilty Tuesday of trying to kill his former girlfriend in October 2010.

A Franklin County jury convicted Robert J. McCann, 28, of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and other charges. He was acquitted of three counts of first-degree rape.

"We're obviously pleased with the verdict," Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne told the Enterprise Tuesday. "It hopefully sends a message to those who are controlling and abusive of their spouses and significant others that it's not conduct that's tolerated. Even though it quite often occurs out of the public's view, there are ways we can corroborate it and prove it, and we'll be as aggressive as we can based upon the severity of the injuries and accusations."

McCann faces a maximum of 47 years behind bars when he's sentenced in April. Champagne noted that McCann had a previous felony conviction for attempted burglary and has a history of domestic violence.

"We're going to be asking for an appropriate sentence, which in my view is in excess of 20 and 30 years," Champagne said.

McCann was represented by Franklin County Public Defender Thomas Soucia.

Franklin County falls right in the middle of New York counties for its rate of reported domestic violence incidents per population. It ranked 31st of the state's 62 counties in 2011.



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