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Watertown man sent to prison for attempted assault on inmate

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LOWVILLE — A Watertown man accused of attempting to assault a fellow inmate was sentenced to state prison time Friday in Lewis County Court.

Aaron J. Jewett, 20, of 25312 Ridge Road, Watertown, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison and fined $1,113.75 on a charge of second-degree attempted assault, to which he pleaded guilty June 28.

Mr. Jewett was accused of attempting to assault William Baker on Jan. 27 in the county jail.

Also in Lewis County Court Friday:

Angel L. Estrada, 28, Lowville, was sentenced to one year in county jail and a six-month driver’s license suspension on a charge of fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, to which he pleaded guilty June 28. He was accused of selling Xanax in December in Lowville.

Brandon W. Hellinger, 25, of 7606 N. State St., Lowville, was arraigned on a charge of tampering with physical evidence and pleaded guilty. He also was removed from the county Drug Court program. Sentencing on the tampering charge and a prior driving-while-intoxicated charge was set for Oct. 4. Mr. Hellinger was accused of tampering July 30 with evidence in a case by removing nude images from a cell phone. He was stopped in August 2012 on Route 12 in the town of Martinsburg.

Timothy Oster, 18, of 4012 Markham St., Lyons Falls, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree burglary and pleaded guilty. Judge Daniel R. King ordered him to complete 150 hours of community service and placed him on one-year interim terms of probation. Mr. Oster was accused of illegal entry Aug. 1 of a building owned by William Ritter on Route 12 in the town of Leyden.

Grant J. Riker, 29, Syracuse, was arraigned on a charge of fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, to which he pleaded guilty. Sentencing was set for Nov. 8. Mr. Riker was accused of selling marijuana on Aug. 12 at the moe.down music festival in Turin.

Jeremiah L. Markwick, 24, North Croghan Road, Natural Bridge, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree grand larceny, to which he pleaded innocent. His case was adjourned to Dec. 6.

Mr. Markwick was accused of stealing $4,185 worth of steel I-beams, belonging to Brian Gerber, between Jan. 16 and Jan. 22 in the town of Diana.

Judge King also handled several cases on Friday morning during a special session at the old Martinsburg Town Hall, the county’s first courthouse:

Timothy F. Gaba Jr., 26, Lowville, was sentenced to time served in county jail, $75 restitution, which he paid, and a six-month driver’s license suspension on a charge of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, to which he pleaded guilty May 31. Mr. Gaba was accused of selling Adderall in December 2011 and January 2012 in Lowville.

Joseph K. Kittleman, 32, Rugg Road, Boonville, was arraigned on a charge of second-degree criminal contempt and pleaded guilty.

Sentencing was set for Oct. 18. Mr. Kittleman was accused of violating an order of protection by getting into an altercation with his brother, David Kittleman, on July 4 in the town of Leyden.

Brandon E. Hoffert, 28, Quarry Street, Port Leyden, was arraigned on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching, fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. He pleaded innocent and his case was adjourned to Dec. 6.

Mr. Hoffert was accused of entering a residence illegally May 26 in the town of Lyonsdale, choking a woman there and subjecting her to improper sexual contact.

He also was accused of removing batteries from a cell phone so the alleged victim could not call for help.

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