TUPPER LAKE - Three area men pleaded guilty this week to charges related to a large brawl Memorial Day weekend.
Curtis Eggsware, 23, and Robert Charland, 34, both of Tupper Lake, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court Tuesday to assault in the second degree, a class D felony. That's lighter than the original second-degree gang assault charge they were both indicted on by a grand jury in October. In New York, class D felonies for violent offenses carry a minimum of two years and a maximum of seven years in prison. The gang assault charge, a violent class C felony, would have had a sentencing range of three-and-a-half to 15 years in prison.
Charland also pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a class C felony. He was originally charged with that and criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree. Sentencing for class C felonies on non-violent offenses varies from no jail time to seven years.
Douglas Snyder, 26, of Tupper Lake, pleaded guilty Monday to criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, that could get him up to a year in jail. Snyder was indicted in October on the charge of second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony.
The three men were involved in a large brawl the weekend of Memorial Day 2010 on Cliff Avenue.
Both Eggsware and Charland are accused of assaulting Jason Jauron, 31, of Calcium. During the brawl, Jauron stabbed Bethany Carmichael, 22 at the time, in the upper thigh, upper arm and stomach, and Sarah Poirier, 25 at the time, in the left armpit.
In November, a grand jury cleared Jauron of two counts of second-degree assault because jurors decided he was defending himself and therefore was justified in his use of deadly force. He did face a misdemeanor weapon charge.
Charland ended up with drug charges because police found marijuana, cocaine and other drug paraphernalia at his home when they went to question him about the brawl.
Snyder allegedly smashed the windows of Jauron's vehicle and damaged the inside of it.
Snyder, Charland and Eggsware are all scheduled for sentencing in early April.