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Adams man sentenced to up to three years in prison for domestic dispute


An Adams man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to up to three years in state prison for trying to injure his wife with a metal object.

Chad M. Gaffney, 29, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty Oct. 5 to second-degree attempted assault. He admitted that on June 1 in the town of Adams he tried to cause physical injury to his wife, Whitney, by striking her with a metal basket at their First Street residence. Police said at the time that Mrs. Gaffney suffered a cut above her left eye, requiring stitches.

Mr. Gaffney was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been sentenced in County Court in February 2007 to a prison term of up to four years for third-degree burglary. He was out of prison in January 2008 when he was charged with a parole violation, and was returned to state custody. His sentence concluded in December 2010, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In other court activity:

Zachary L. Piche, 21, Philadelphia, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Sept. 24 to second-degree attempted burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

He admitted that he possessed a shotgun when he tried to break into Nice N Easy, 12345 Route 12E, Chaumont, on Jan. 3 and that the gun had been stolen from Henricus Wagenaar, town of Lyme. He also admitted that he fled from police in his vehicle, driving recklessly and at speeds in excess of 25 mph above the posted speed limit, as police tried to pull his vehicle over while displaying emergency lights and sirens.

Police said at the time of the incident that Mr. Piche had shot at and damaged the store’s door and windows and that money and cigarettes were stolen. They also alleged that his vehicle reached speeds of up to 100 mph on Route 12F in the town of Watertown and about 120 mph on Interstate 81 in Watertown. Upon reaching West Church Street in the village of Adams, it was claimed, he caused risk of serious injury to sheriff’s Sgt. Todd L. O’Brien by intentionally crashing his vehicle into the sergeant’s patrol car.

He was also ordered perform 200 hours of community service and pay $4,975 in restitution to Valentine Stores Inc., operators of the Nice N Easy, $2,021 to the Sheriff’s Department and $500 to Mr. Wagenaar.

Heather D. Williams, 37, also known as Heather D. Howard, Adams, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Sept. 26 to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree attempted forgery as a result of separate incidents. She admitted trying to sell cocaine March 19 within the county. She also admitted that on July 23, during an investigation into a burglary, she tried to give Watertown police a fake name and date of birth.

Tiffany M. Williams, 22. Troy, was sentenced to three years’ probation and paid $66 in restitution after pleading guilty Sept. 18 to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She admitted that between March 2011 and May 2011 she, along with others, tried to steal money from an inmates’ account at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility and that she possessed forged checks drawn on the account. In all, seven people were charged in a yearlong scheme to steal money from the account.

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