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Watertown woman sent to prison for Drug Court violation

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A Watertown woman was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison after admitting she violated her Drug Court contract.

Melinda R. Roberts, 44, was sentenced to 113to 4 years in prison after admitting that she violated terms of the substance abuse rehabilitation program that is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration. She admitted violating the program by continuing to use Suboxone without a prescription and by leaving a substance abuse rehabilitation program against advice.

She was referred to the program in December 2010 after pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired. She admitted that she drove on Route 283 in the town of LeRay after drinking and taking a prescription drug.

At the time, her driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz recommended that Ms. Roberts serve her sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Rehabilitation Program. If deemed eligible by Department of Corrections and Community Supervision officials, she would participate in the 90-day program and, if successful, serve the balance of her sentence on parole.

In other court activity:

Jennifer L. Hardy, 31, of 521 Mundy St., pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and was referred to Drug Court. She admitted in mid-May that she used a credit card belonging to her mother, Jeanne M. Narrow, Redwood, to acquire more than $3,000 worth of goods and services without her mother’s authorization.

District Attorney Cindy F. Intschert said that if Ms. Hardy successfully completes Drug Court, the third-degree grand larceny conviction will be amended to the same charge in the fourth degree and that she will be sentenced to five years’ probation. If she is unsuccessful, she faces a prison sentence of two to six years.

Roderick B. Pugh, 40, Syracuse, pleaded guilty to two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was charged in a grand jury indictment in June with having and selling cocaine within the county in mid-March and again in early April. He is expected to be sentenced April 19 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

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