Charge reduced in stolen wheelchair case PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE LoTEMPLIO, Staff Writer   
Friday, March 30, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — Charges against the man accused of stealing a specialized wheelchair have been reduced.
Ryan Flint, 25, of Plattsburgh was initially charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony.
Flint took the customized wheelchair from outside a home on Miller Street last Friday. He told police he was "very drunk" and rode the wheelchair to a friend's house.
The chair belonged to Johnny Jones, 25, of Plattsburgh. Jones was born with no muscle growth from the knees down and had his legs amputated at age 3.
He had parked the wheelchair between two houses on Miller Street while he helped a friend get ready for a move.
When he came out around 4 a.m., the chair was gone.
Police charged Flint on Tuesday.
In City Court on Thursday, the charges against Flint were reduced to petit larceny, a misdemeanor.
Judge Penelope Clute ordered that Flint do 50 hours of community service by June 1.
She also declared that if Flint stays out of trouble for six months, the charges will be dismissed.



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