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A Watertown man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to up to three years in state prison for breaking into an occupied Arsenal Street residence in January.

Jeffrey R. Smith, 25, whose last known address was 936 Summer St., was sentenced to one to three years’ imprisonment for an April 2 guilty plea to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on Jan. 26, with another man, he entered the residence of Brittany L. Camidge with the intent of committing a crime.

Mr. Smith told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz that he had gone to the residence with the intention of assaulting an unidentified man who owed him money. Police said at the time of the incident that Mr. Smith and his codefendant, John T. Milazzo, 23, Watertown, possessed a baseball bat during the intrusion. Mr. Milazzo pleaded guilty March 20 to third-degree burglary and is expected to be sentenced May 28 to five years’ probation.

Mr. Smith also was sentenced to concurrent prison time for Dec. 21 guilty pleas to first-degree criminal contempt as a result of one incident, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property as a result of a second incident and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal mischief stemming from a third incident. He admitted that on April 21, he damaged items belonging to Tiffani C. LaBarge during a domestic dispute and that he possessed a four-pointed throwing-star knife the same day. It was illegal for him to have the knife because of a prior conviction for attempted grand larceny.

He also admitted that on April 28 in the town of Watertown, he possessed a stolen debit card. He further admitted that on Sept. 20, he violated an order of protection held by Ms. LaBarge by having unwanted physical contact with her.

In other court activity Friday:

George K. Anderson, 26, Watertown, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to work four weekends at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building for a March 8 guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal mischief. It had been alleged that he damaged a TV belonging to Amanda F. Vincent in January.

Stanley M. Layo Jr., 45, Watertown, was sentenced to one year’s probation and ordered to pay $45,000 in total restitution for a March 4 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in July with stealing more than $3,000 from the former Mobil Mart on Arsenal Street between April 1 and July 16, 2007. It was claimed he defrauded the convenience store and the state Lottery by entering false succession numbers for “instant win” lottery tickets on a daily log kept at the store, altering the number of tickets sold to cover up that he was stealing tickets.

Cody L. Davis, 19, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape as a result of one incident and second-degree attempted robbery as a result of a second incident. He admitted that sometime in August he had sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl in Watertown. He also admitted that on Nov. 7, with three others, he tried to steal money and a wallet from a 15-year-old boy at Maywood Terrace. He is expected to be sentenced June 28 to two years in prison, followed by an additional five years of supervision upon his release. He also will be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender. He will be sentenced to a one-year concurrent prison term on the attempted robbery charge.

Holly A. Davis, 30, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to sell cocaine Nov. 19 within the county. She is expected to be sentenced July 2 to nine months in the PSB.

Brandy L. Fields, 44, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. She admitted that sometime from Feb. 24 to March 18 in the town of Lyme, she stole more than $1,000 worth of property from Dale Goutremout. Police said at the time of her arrest that she cashed three checks belonging to Mr. Goutremout. She is expected to be sentenced June 26 to probation and be ordered to pay $1,300 in restitution.

In court activity Thursday:

Jeffrey P. Jewett, 39, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and admitted violating probation and was referred to Drug Court. He had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in January with selling clonazepam, a muscle relaxant, in early September and again in early November and with selling carisoprodol, also a muscle relaxant, in early November. At the time, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in April for a third-degree burglary conviction. He violated probation by committing the new crime.

If he successfully completes Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program that serves as an alternative to incarceration, he will be sentenced to a five-year term of probation. If he is unsuccessful, he faces a three-year prison sentence, followed by an additional year of supervision upon his release.

Raymond R. Cruz, 32, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and was referred to Drug Court. He was accused of trying to possess heroin with the intent to sell the drug Feb. 11 in Watertown. Police alleged at the time of his arrest that he possessed 89 packets of heroin at his Cedar Street apartment.

If he completes Drug Court, his conviction will be modified to the lower-level felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and he will be sentenced to five years’ probation. If he is unsuccessful, the conviction will remain and he will be sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

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