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Watertown woman referred to Drug Court for heroin sale

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A Watertown woman was referred Thursday to Jefferson County Drug Court after admitting in County Court that she sold heroin in September.

Michelle R. O’Dette, 24, of 207 S. Hamilton St., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that she sold the drug Sept. 5 within the county. She then entered into a contract to complete Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program that serves as an alternative to incarceration.

District Attorney Cindy F. Intschert said that if Miss O’Dette successfully completes the program, her conviction will be vacated and she will be allowed to plead guilty to the lower-level felony of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She then would be sentenced to five years’ probation.

Mrs. Intschert said that in the event Miss O’Dette is unsuccessful, Thursday’s conviction will stand and she will be sentenced to two years in state prison, followed by an additional year and a half of supervision upon her release.

In other court activity, Joseph S. Suschinski Jr., 52, Carthage, successfully completed Drug Court and had a Dec. 15, 2011, conviction for felony aggravated driving while intoxicated amended to felony DWI. A second conviction for criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation stood. He had admitted he drove while intoxicated Aug. 6, 2011, on Ridge Road in the town of Watertown after being involved in a domestic dispute with Amanda Sweet during which he grabbed her by the throat.

He was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $1,000 on the DWI conviction. He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. He was sentenced to a concurrent three-year term of probation for the obstruction of breathing conviction.

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