By ANDY GARDNER
A Mohawk man who was arrested in 2011 for a protest at the former General Motor site in Massena was charged with a felony last week for allegedly smashing his wife’s car with a lead pipe.
Larry Thompson, 59, is charged with second-degree criminal mischief. Moira Town Justice Valerie Pelkey ordered him held at Franklin County Jail, Malone, in lieu of $2,000 bail or $4,000 bond. He was later bailed out.
Investigator Don Martin of Malone-based New York State Police said Thompson is alleged to have smashed a vehicle belonging to his wife, Dana Leigh Thompson, with a lead pipe while the two argued at their home on the afternoon of Nov. 27. The damage totaled over $1,500, according to Martin, which led to the felony charge.
Thompson appeared in Bombay Town Court on Monday to answer the charge. If convicted, he could face up to seven years behind bars.
Thompson has a pending one-year conditional discharge in St. Lawrence County Court for fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. On Aug. 11, 2011, he drove an excavator to the former GM site adjacent to the St. Regis Reservation and dug up what he said is contaminated soil from a capped landfill.
He drove through a fence to get in, and also dumped a bucket of the soil at the feet of responding state troopers. He was originally charged with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest.
As part of the sentence, Thompson was placed under an order of protection barring him from the site, which is now owned by Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER).