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Watertown man sent to prison for probation violation


A Watertown man was resentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to up to three years in state prison after admitting he violated probation.

Humberto M. Rodriguez, 37, of 26389 Route 37, was sentenced to one to three years in prison after admitting that he violated his supervision by being charged Feb. 23 with violating an order of protection held by Alissan L. Hatlestad, Watertown.

He had been sentenced Feb. 13 to five years’ probation for third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal contempt convictions. On the burglary count, he was charged with using a key that did not belong to him to enter the Subway restaurant, 144 Eastern Blvd., on Sept. 24 and taking money from a safe. He also was charged in March 2011 with violating an order of protection held by Ms. Hatlestad.

In other court activity:

Latisha McNeal, 24, Watertown, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation for a March 20 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She had been accused in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court in November of selling cocaine in mid-October.

Shaun T. Fredette, 24, Indian Lake, formerly of Watertown, was sentenced to three years’ probation for March 13 guilty pleas to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted that on Oct. 31 he engaged in a domestic dispute at his former Grant Street residence in which property was damaged in the presence of his 1-year-old son. He also admitted he possessed an assault rifle at the residence.

Charles E. McIntyre, 61, of 619 Bronson St., was sentenced to three years’ probation for a March 12 guilty plea to petit larceny. He admitted that on June 28, he took items from a residence on Nellis Road in the town of Pamelia without permission.

Sharonica E. Barber, 39, Utica, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She admitted that on Oct. 6, with others, she possessed more than $1,000 worth of merchandise stolen from T.J. Maxx in Watertown. She is expected to be sentenced June 6 to 1 to three years in prison.

Jeffrey R. Ashwood, 50, of 215 S. Pleasant St., was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree conspiracy and first-degree criminal nuisance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court.

It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine in early April and that he conspired with others to possess the drug with the intent to sell it. It is further alleged that he allowed his home to be used as a place where others gathered to sell drugs. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $1,000 bail.

In court activity Tuesday:

Mary E. Kjersem, 44, of 42346 County Route 40, Natural Bridge, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny. She admitted that between Jan. 1, 2011, and Nov. 3 she stole $34,912 from United Neighbors Federal Credit Union, 144 Eastern Blvd., where she was the manager.

She is expected to be sentenced July 24 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay full restitution.

In other court activity:

Donald P. Sheley, 52, of 308 Hugunin St., Clayton, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape. He admitted that he had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl Feb. 1 in Clayton. He is expected to be sentenced July 24 to 10 years’ probation and be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender.

Daniel R. Goodfriend, 31, of 14658 Route 12E, Dexter, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and circumventing an ignition interlock device. He admitted that he drove with a blood alcohol content of 0.26 percent Jan. 21 on Edmund Street in Watertown. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

He also admitted that his driver’s license was suspended at the time and that he was supposed to adhere to ignition interlock provisions for a DWI conviction in June in Verona, Oneida County. He is expected to be sentenced July 24 to a three-year conditional discharge and be ordered to complete the Bridge program. He also faces a $1,000 fine and revocation of his driver’s license.

Nicholas A. Preslar, 25, Rawlins, Wyo., formerly of Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a noncriminal violation. He admitted that he used a rock to smash a windshield in October 2010 in Evans Mills. He subsequently was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after paying full restitution up front.

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