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Watertown man faces prison for cocaine possession attempt

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A Watertown man faces up to four years in state prison after admitting he tried to possess cocaine in March.

Hakim T. Elquhir, 31, whose last known address was 1212 Superior St., Apt. D14, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He admitted he tried to possess more than a half-ounce of cocaine March 13 in the city. He was charged with having 2 ounces of crack cocaine in his vehicle following a traffic stop on Interstate 81.

In addition to a four-year prison term, he is expected to be ordered at a May 28 sentencing to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release from prison.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that he serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program.

If inmates complete the 90-day program, they serve the remainder of their sentence under parole supervision.

In other court activity:

Kahdesha L. Stanley, 23, Watertown, was arraigned on a sealed indictment containing a first-degree bail jumping charge, to which she subsequently pleaded guilty. She admitted she left an inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation program without completing it and absconded from Drug Court supervision more than a year ago.

She had been referred to Drug Court in January 2012 for a third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction, having admitted to possessing crack cocaine in Watertown.

For her admission that she violated terms of her Drug Court contract, she is expected to be sentenced May 10 to four years in prison, followed by a year of post-release supervision, on the original drug possession charge.

She will also be sentenced to a consecutive 1 to 3 years in prison for the bail-jumping conviction.

Terry L. Gebo, 52, whose last known address was 911 Salina St., pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespassing. He admitted that on April 2 he went into a closed bar in Watertown and stole soda. At the time, he was awaiting sentencing for a Feb. 19 guilty plea to second-degree criminal contempt, having admitted on Jan. 7 he violated an order of protection held by Mary M. Charland by dumping a bucket of marbles on her head at an apartment they shared.

He was subsequently sentenced to nine months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on both the trespassing and contempt convictions, to be served concurrently.

Brett P. Murdock, 43, Alexandria, La., pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender. He admitted he moved from a Franklin Street apartment to Louisiana without notifying the state sexual offender registry.

He was arrested Jan. 23 in Louisiana and returned to Jefferson County. He was subsequently sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and a one-year conditional discharge.

John R. Blakeslee, 30, of 223 Commercial St., Theresa, pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor.

He admitted he drove while intoxicated Feb. 4 on Interstate 81 in the town of Watertown while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense.

He is expected to be sentenced June 14 to three years’ probation, be fined $750 and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Amine Hamrouni, 29, Montreal, pleaded guilty by mail to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was subsequently fined $1,800. Further information about the charge was not available from the court.

Bonnie L. Parody, 44, of 600 William St., Apt. D3, Dexter, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $5,226 in restitution for Feb. 5 guilty pleas to fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

She admitted that from September 2010 to Feb. 29 she received food stamps and other benefits from the Department of Social Services while failing to report the income of other people living in her home.

Trudi L. Harney, 44, of 520 Gotham St., Apt. 1, was sentenced to three years’ probation for a Feb. 19 guilty plea to third-degree assault. She had been accused in November of striking Benjamin M. Kilburn on his head several times with a glass wine bottle at their residence.

Michael T. Smith, 35, Watertown, was sentenced to three years’ probation for a Feb. 20 guilty plea to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Further information about the charge was not available from the court.

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