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Northern Puppies owner accepts plea deal

Northern Puppies owner Tammy Staley

Northern Puppies owner Tammy Staley Photo by Shawn Ryan.

PLATTSBURGH — In a voice barely audible, Tammy Staley uttered the one word many in the North Country and beyond had been waiting to hear since July: “Guilty.”

In Plattsburgh City Court Thursday, Nov. 9, Staley accepted a plea offer from Clinton Country District Attorney Andrew J. Wylie’s office that includes five counts of cruelty to an animal, section 353 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.

The full plea agreement was not specified in court, but Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx clarified that one of the conditions of the agreement stated that Staley would not be allowed to breed animals. Staley’s case will now go to the Department of Probation for a pre-sentence investigation, before Plattsburgh City Judge Mark J. Rogers hands down a sentence on Jan. 17.

When reached earlier in the week for comment, District Attorney Wylie stated: “We have certain sentencing recommendations; for her to be on probation, supervision…but sentencing obviously is left to the court. We’ll make our recommendations as we will on the husband’s case, should he enter a guilty plea, at the time of sentencing.”

Before Staley left the court, Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx stated to Judge Rodgers: “I would request that the court admonish the defendant, that this sentence recommendation is at the discretion of the court…and further issues will adversely affect the sentence.”

Quietly, Staley replied: “There won’t be any.”

Michael Staley also appeared before Judge Rogers in City Court on Nov. 9. His case was adjourned until Nov. 21.

Before calling the next case on the docket, ADA Marx added for the record: “The People remain ready for trial, your honor.”

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