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Hogansburg man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal robbery role

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A Hogansburg man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and a Quebec man to 12 years for their roles in a 2008 robbery that left a town of Stockholm man dead.

Alan R. Jacobs, 37, was sentenced March 2 in U.S. District Court, Utica, to 240 months in prison for a guilty plea in May to conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with a May 13, 2008, robbery at the Porter Lynch Road residence of Daniel P. Simonds. During a struggle, Mr. Simonds, 31, was shot in the lower back and later died at Fletcher-Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt.

Also, Derek Cook, 32, Snye, Quebec, was sentenced Monday to 151 months in prison for a guilty plea in April to the same charge.

A Bombay man, Brian J. LaTulipe, has admitted in federal court that he shot Mr. Simonds and is awaiting sentence April 6. In the aftermath of the killing, authorities found 140 pounds of high-grade Canadian-grown marijuana, $50,000 to $60,000 in cash and a Russian-made rifle at the Simonds home. Investigators subsequently claimed Mr. Simonds was involved with an international drug-smuggling operation linked to the Russian mafia that was moving thousands of pounds of marijuana from the north country to Cleveland, Ohio, with the drugs coming from Canada through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.

Bryan A. Herne, Hogansburg, and Kaientanoron L. “Nolo” Swamp, Snye, have entered guilty pleas in relation to the case and are due to be sentenced April 6. Charges against Chad Edwards and Anson Edwards, both of Cornwall, Ontario, remaining pending.

Mr. Jacobs is serving a 151-month sentence in federal prison imposed in September for a January 2007 guilty plea to distributing more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. He had been released from federal custody while awaiting sentencing in that matter when the robbery at the Simonds residence occurred. Of his most recent sentence, 90 months will run concurrently with his prior sentence and 150 months will run consecutive to his prior sentence, representing his total sentence of 240 months. He has filed an appeal of the March 2 sentence.

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