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Watertown man faces up to 5 years in prison for home invasion robbery

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A town of Watertown man faces up to five years in state prison after admitting Monday in Jefferson County Court that he participated in a robbery in which a handgun was displayed.

Jaquenton D. Simmons, 23, whose last known address was 26068 County Route 49, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery, third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He admitted that he took part in an Oct. 21 home invasion robbery at the Calcium residence of Richard R. Woodard. Mr. Simmons told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz that he never entered the residence, but was with others who did, with his knowledge that one of the participants was armed with a gun and was entering the residence with the intent of forcibly stealing something. Mr. Simmons told Judge Martusewicz they intended to steal drugs. When Mr. Simmons was arrested Nov. 5 at his residence, he was found to possess an unregistered pistol.

He is expected to be sentenced May 29 to 20 months to five years in prison. Judge Martusewicz recommended that he serve his sentence in the prison system’s shock incarceration program. If deemed eligible by Department of Corrections and Community Supervision officials, he will spend six months in a military-style treatment program and then serve the balance of his sentence on parole.

In other court activity, Anthony I. DeJesus, 20, of 123 S. Rutland St., was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge for Feb. 13 guilty pleas to second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree menacing as a result of two incidents.

He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by his estranged wife, Haley M. DeJesus, by arguing with her and having unwanted physical contact with her Jan. 1 in the town of Theresa.

He also admitted that on Jan. 5 he got into a dispute with his wife’s brother, Louis A. Alteri, and threatened him with what appeared to be a pistol. A three-year stay-away order of protection was issued on behalf of his wife.

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