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Watertown man sentenced to 2 years in prison for having heroin

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A Watertown man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to 2 years in state prison for possessing heroin and a weapon in the city.

Julian A. James, 28, whose last known address was 1049 Huntington St., was also ordered to undergo an additional two years of supervision upon his release from prison after July 31 guilty pleas to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.

He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in February with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug in July 2012. When police attempted to arrest him on a warrant stemming from the indictment in March, he pushed officers and tried to keep them from handcuffing him after they told him he was under arrest. He also was found to be in possession of a double-edged dagger, which was illegal for him to possess because he had been convicted in December 2010 of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, cocaine.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender based on the 2010 drug conviction. He had been sentenced in that matter in January 2011 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. He was resentenced in January to a year in the PSB after admitting he violated probation by failing to report to the probation department after completing a jail term in Philadelphia, Pa., for unrelated reasons.

In other court activity, Jason D. Clacks, 39, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in February with selling oxycodone without a prescription within the county in early December.

He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 8 to 3 years in prison, followed by three years’ post-release supervision.

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