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Malone teen rejects murder plea bargain offer

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MALONE - A Malone teenager accused of murdering his mother in May has rejected a plea bargain offer that would have called for a minimum of 12 years imprisonment.

from special prosecutor Essex County District Attorney Kirsti Sprague.

Dilan Clark, 15, turned down an offer from Special Prosecutor Kirsti Sprague of 12 years to life in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge. The deal had not reached the point of being approved by the court.

If Clark had accepted the deal, he would be incarcerated in a juvenile facility until age 17 or 18 before being turned over to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to serve the rest of the term in state prison.

Clark’s attorney, Stephen Vanier of Malone, said a stipulation in lieu of motions had been filed.

“That means all parties agree issues have to be resolved,” Mt. Vanier said, adding there will be hearings to attempt straightening things out. “Plea negotiations continue.”

Ms. Sprague, the Essex County district attorney, said there will be a conference on March 22 involving prosecutors, the defense attorney and the judge. She was named a special prosecutor for the case after Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne noted he had a personal connection to the Clark family.

Clark was indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury on one count of second-degree murder on Oct. 28.

He is alleged to have killed his adoptive mother, Karen Bourdon-Clark, on May 3. She was found dead in her Constable home by Malone-based state police responding to a 2:01 a.m. 911 call from a 14-year-old saying her mother was being assaulted. The 14-year-old, Bourdon-Clark’s adopted daughter, was not harmed.

Clark fled the scene and was found several hours later by troopers sitting on a porch. He was taken into custody without incident.

Ms. Bourdon-Clark, a Massena native, was a guidance counselor at Flanders Elementary School in Malone.

Clark remains in a juvenile detention facility in the Albany area where he is being held without bail.

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