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A former Watertown man admitted Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he seriously injured an Adams Center man by beating him in 2012.

William M. Kiser, 31, Portland, Ore., pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, admitting that he injured Melza R.C. White, Adams Center, on March 23, 2012, on Cooper Street. According to a grand jury indictment handed up in November, Mr. White suffered a broken jaw and a serious groin injury.

Mr. Kiser is expected to be sentenced June 12 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

In other court activity:

Raymond Clarida, 33, New York City, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He, along with Rondal J. Byrd, was charged in an indictment handed up in December with possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it June 2 in the town of Pamelia after police seized 89 bags of crack cocaine from their motel room. Mr. Byrd, 24, also of New York City, pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced March 15 to two years in state prison and two years of supervision upon his release. Mr. Clarida is expected to be sentenced May 28 to 1 years in prison and 1 years’ post-release supervision.

Kevin R. Farmer, 56, of 325 State St., Carthage, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. He admitted that on Dec. 15, with others, he possessed equipment and substances used to make meth. Carthage village police had discovered the materials in an apartment on North James Street. Mr. Farmer is expected to be sentenced June 14 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Carlos J.C. Moore, 23, Lethonia, Ga., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted trying to sell cocaine in May 2011 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced May 17 to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Scott T. Tucker, 45, Fulton, was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $2,000 for a Feb. 5 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Dec. 16 on Interstate 81 in the town of Pamelia. The charge was a felony because he was convicted of DWI in 2007 in Fulton City Court. He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. His probation supervision will be transferred to Oswego County.

Charles E. Young, 33, Fort Drum, was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $500 for Feb. 11 guilty pleas to misdemeanor DWI and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted that on Oct. 7, he drove while drunk in Evans Mills with two children, ages 2 and 3, as passengers. He also had his driver’s licence revoked and is subject to the interlock provision.

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