Sprague: Former SL man gets prison for assault

A former Saranac Lake resident will serve nearly seven years in prison for a 2009 assault in the town of North Elba.

Appearing in Essex County Court Tuesday, 38-year-old Ricky Trombley of Moriah was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison and two-and-a-half years of post release supervision. Judge Richard Meyer handed down the sentence.

In January, a jury found Trombley guilty of second-degree assault and possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle following a four-day trial.

The case dates back to December 2009, when Trombley attacked another man in North Elba. The attack left the victim with a permanent scar on his face.

Trombley subsequently fled the scene and was later found parked in his vehicle on state Route 86. Prosecutors dropped charges of felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

According to Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague, Trombley has been deemed a "predicate violent felony offender."

Sprague notes that Trombley attempted to refute a prior felony conviction, but the prosecution was able to provide proof of Trombley's violent past, highlighted by a felony offense that occurred within 10 years of the 2009 incident.

Sprague says the jury did a "great job" weighing the evidence.

"[They] provided a sound verdict," she said. "We are very pleased with the sentence imposed today and feel confident that justice was served.

A motion to set aside the January verdict was denied by Judge Meyer, who also ordered Trombley to pay a $5,000 fine with a mandatory surcharge, as well an additional $100 fine for the possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle conviction.

Trombley must also submit a DNA sample and Judge Meyer issued an order of protection for the victim. He'll serve his sentence with the state Department of Correctional Services.

Sprague said Tuesday that Trombley is also facing federal charges for an unrelated matter.

First Assistant DA Michael Langey and Assistant DA Brian Felton represented the people in the case, while Essex County Public Defender Brandon Boutelle represented Trombley.

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