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Couture sentenced to 25 years to life for murder of elderly woman

PLATTSBURGH A former Mooers Forks man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in the beating death of 72-year-old Alphegina Snide last October.

David D. Couture, 28, was sentenced in Clinton County Court Sept. 5 to 25 years to life on the charge of second-degree murder and 25 years determinate on first-degree burglary, among other consecutive sentences for third-degree and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Couture reportedly beat his then neighbor with a sledgehammer upon her awakening to find Couture in her bedroom attempting to rob her. Police said he then stole her money and 2001 Buick LeSabre. He was later arrested in Phoenix and brought back to Mooers to face the charges against him.

Couture was previously arrested in unrelated January 2003 incident for allegedly breaking into a Champlain home and stealing money.

The following sentencings also took place in Clinton County Court during the month of September:

Bruce Bonville, 51, Plattsburgh, was sentenced to seven years determinate on a charge of second-degree assault, one year in jail on a charge of unlawfully dealing with a child, and three years probation.

Bonville was found guilty after trial and was further ordered to pay $6,000 in fines, and surcharges. An order of protection was further issued against him.

Jeffrey LaValley, 29, Plattsburgh, pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Sept. 5. He was sentenced to three years prison on each count to run concurrently, including restitution.

Maurice Burdo Jr., 27, Plattsburgh, was sentenced to three years in prison and five years post-release supervision Sept. 5. Burdo pleaded guilty June 28 to second-degree attempted robbery and second-degree attempted burglary. As a second felony offender, he was also ordered to pay restitution and an order of protection was issued against him.

Michael Lilledahl, 37, Plattsburgh, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay a fine, surcharge and restitution. His license was also suspended. Lilledahl pleaded guilty May 17 to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

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