A Watertown woman faces up to six years in state prison after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that she tried to sell heroin in December.
Damion R. Steele, 44, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to sell the drug within the county Dec. 19.
She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 27 to six years in prison, followed by three additional years of supervision upon her release. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate her sentence be served in the prison systems Willard Drug Treatment Program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he or she serves the remainder of his or her sentence under parole supervision.
Ms. Steele is a former convict and may be subject to additional time in prison to be determined by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision because she is still under parole supervision. She was sentenced in County Court in March 2009 after pleading guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and admitting she violated her Drug Court contract. She had been referred to the program which is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration in October 2007 for fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument convictions.
Given credit for time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building awaiting disposition of the 2009 case, she served a total of three years incarceration and was released from prison in September 2011, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervisions website.
In other court activity:
Cortney L. Tanner, 20, whose last known address was 1144 Gill St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and petit larceny as a result of separate incidents. She admitted that, with another person, she tried to sell heroin Dec. 12 within the county and that, with a man, she stole about $1,400 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Route 3 in the town of Watertown. She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 26 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years probation.
Lavetta Brown, 22, of 10392 Baldwin Circle, Apt. D, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She admitted that between August 2011 and July 2012 she received food stamp benefits from the Department of Social Services while failing to disclose she was employed. She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 28 to three years probation and be ordered to pay up to $2,263 in restitution.
Robert G. Rapholz, 62, of 551 Mill St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that on March 21 in Brownville he intentionally damaged a vehicle that did not belong to him. He is due to be sentenced Aug. 28 to no more than three years probation and be ordered to pay $2,655 in restitution.
Phileena M. McAtee, 28, Watertown, admitted violating probation by using heroin while under supervision and by failing to meet with her probation officer on at least one scheduled occasion. She was serving three years probation imposed in May 2012 for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny. Resentencing was adjourned until Aug. 26 while she seeks inpatient substance abuse treatment.
Matthew L. Mehaffy, 31, Watertown, admitted violating probation by continuing to use synthetic drugs, commonly known as bath salts, while under supervision and by failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment recommendations. He was serving five years probation imposed in February 2009 for a felony driving while intoxicated conviction. Resentencing was adjourned until Aug. 26 while he seeks inpatient substance abuse treatment.