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Watertown man faces up to 4 years in prison for possessing forged receipt


A Watertown man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison for possessing a forged debit card receipt and violating probation.

Corey R. Smith, 22, address not available, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for an Oct. 1 guilty plea to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and an admission that he violated probation. He admitted that on June 25, he possessed a debit card receipt while knowing that the card owner’s signature had been forged on it. He also admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crime. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in September 2011 for a third-degree criminal mischief conviction.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that he serve the sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision.

In other court activity:

Shawn M. Decker, 31, of 4050 Factory Road, Natural Bridge, was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $1,000 for Sept. 17 guilty pleas to driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor and endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated March 22 on Main Street in Felts Mills with his 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle. He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he owns or operates. His probation supervision will be transferred to Lewis County.

Michael C. Davis, 26, of 707-C Phalen Drive, Copenhagen, pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired by drugs, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident and endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted driving under the influence of prescription drugs April 22 with a 9-month-old boy as a passenger after being involved in an accident at Salmon Run Mall in the town of Watertown. He subsequently was sentenced to 30 days in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and a $350 fine, and had his driver’s license suspended.

Anthony E. Bishop, 41, of 509 Clay St., Apt. B4, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. He admitted that on Sept. 4, he threw a child’s bicycle at Robert Simmons, injuring him on Academy Street. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 22 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and three years’ probation.

Danilo J. Gonzalez, 26, of 324 Academy St., Apt. B, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted driving while intoxicated Sept. 16 on Route 12 in the town of Watertown while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 23 to no worse than three years’ probation, be fined $750 and be subject to the ignition interlock provision.

Michael H. Castor, 34, Adams Center, admitted violating terms of a conditional discharge and was resentenced to 120 days in the PSB, with credit for time served. He was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to complete the Bridge program in February for a Dec. 19 guilty plea to felony DWI. He admitted violating the discharge by continuing to use marijuana.

Tyrone L. Hale, 40, was arraigned on four counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court.

It is alleged that he sold heroin twice on the same day in early September and that he sold the drug in early October and again nine days later. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail. He is serving five years’ probation imposed in February for a Dec. 9 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property after having been accused of selling jewelry stolen from a Black River woman.

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