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Watertown man admits second $1,000 theft from Walmart


A Watertown man who admitted in September in Jefferson County Court that he stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart in April admitted Tuesday that he did it again in July.

Kevin M. Prashaw, 51, of 247 W. Main St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He admitted that he stole $1,077 in items from the Walmart store on Route 3 in the town of Watertown on July 10.

He had pleaded guilty Sept. 4, also to fourth-degree grand larceny, admitting he stole $1,218 worth of goods from the Walmart on Route 11 in the town of LeRay on April 26.

He was sentenced to concurrent terms of five years’ probation on each count and ordered to abide by any recommended substance abuse rehabilitation treatment. He also was ordered to pay full restitution.

In other court activity, Brandon L. Edwards, 18, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served.

He was sentenced in December in Lewis County Court, Lowville, to three years’ probation for a petit larceny conviction. He admitted violating probation by failing to report to his probation officer and by failing to complete substance abuse treatment recommendations.

Robert B. Balemagna, 32, Studio City, Calif., pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was fined $1,000 and was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge. He admitted that on April 4 in the town of Orleans, he possessed two photo identifications bearing the name of John M. McLaughlin.

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