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Watertown woman who sued sheriff’s detective sent to prison for probation violation


A Watertown woman with a pending lawsuit against the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was resentenced Tuesday to up to three years in state prison after admitting in County Court that she violated probation.

Raven C. Carreira, 26, of 314 Gotham St., was sentenced to one to three years in prison on a felony aggravated driving while intoxicated conviction for which she was sentenced March 14 to five years’ probation. She also was given one-year concurrent sentences for misdemeanor DWI and fourth-degree criminal mischief convictions.

She had admitted in February that she drove while intoxicated with a 0.19 percent blood alcohol content April 14, 2011, on Route 11 in the town of LeRay. Aggravated DWI is charged when a BAC is 0.18 percent or above, while the threshold for DWI under state law is 0.08 percent.

She also admitted driving while intoxicated the following day in Evans Mills and striking a house, causing damage to the house and landscaping.

According to court documents, she violated probation by being charged Oct. 5 with second-degree criminal trespass for entering the residence of James J. Randall, 8540 Route 12E, town of Lyme, through a window about 5:30 a.m. after being told to leave the premises several times. She also was alleged to appear intoxicated at the time, which she denied. However, a urine test was positive for alcohol use, according to the probation violation documents.

Ms. Carreira had formerly had a relationship with Mr. Randall, a county sheriff’s deputy. In August, she filed a defamation lawsuit against sheriff’s Detective Stephen C. Cote claiming the detective had gone to a neighbor of Mr. Randall’s and told the woman that Ms. Carreira “had put a threat out” against Mr. Randall. Mr. Randall was suspended for 60 days for violating the sheriff’s department policy against fraternizing with known criminals.

In other court activity, Marquis M. Dawkins, 23, Watertown, was arraigned on two counts of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and single counts of first- and second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court.

It is alleged that on June 24 he entered the Starbuck Avenue residence of Michele R. Bowens without permission with the intent of committing a crime and that he punched and kicked Ms. Bowens’s son, Corey R. Smith, causing a cut, bruising and pain. It further is alleged that he restrained two women, Payton Roberts and Tabitha Roberts, and that he damaged a door belonging to Ms. Bowens.

Ms. Bowens also has legal action pending against the sheriff’s department, alleging in a notice of claim filed last month that Undersheriff Andrew R. Neff sent her unwanted pictures of a man’s genitals using a county-issued cellphone. Mr. Neff has been suspended with pay since Oct. 25.

Mr. Dawkins pleaded not guilty to the charges contained in the indictment and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $25,000 bail.

Leonard D. Gray, 25, Watertown, was indicted Nov. 5 on two counts of first-degree burglary and single counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, second- and third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal mischief in connection with the alleged incident at the Bowens residence.

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