TUPPER LAKE - One of the men involved in a brawl that ended with a stabbing in 2011 was sentenced to probation and $3,500 in fines and restitution Monday.
William LeBlanc, 63, of Tupper Lake, was sentenced by Franklin County Court Judge Robert Main Jr. to three years of probation and will have to pay a $1,000 fine and $2,500 in restitution.
LeBlanc was originally indicted by a grand jury on a charge of gang assault in the second degree. He pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree in July of this year.
Assistant District Attorney Glenn MacNeill said LeBlanc participated in the group assault of U.S. Army Sgt. Jason A. Jauron near the Old Northern Pub on Memorial Day weekend 2011. About 30 people attacked Jauron, who stabbed two local women in the incident. A grand jury later ruled he was justified in his use of force.
MacNeill didn't know the details of LeBlanc's involvement, but he said it was to a lesser extent than some of the other people involved.
"Exactly what he did, I can't tell you that, but he did participate to some extent," MacNeill said.
MacNeill said the restitution is likely to pay for Jauron's medical expenses and the damage to his car, as well as the damage to a police vehicle. He said that number was capped because Jauron was considering pursuing civil action.
He couldn't say for sure if Jauron had filed such a lawsuit yet, "but it seems to indicate that he may be, or at least considering it, I guess. But that's something we don't get involved in."
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