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A Watertown man faces up to six years in state prison after admitting Friday in Jefferson County Court that the tried to sell cocaine in March.

Anthony Thompson Jr., 22, whose last known address was 615 Academy St., Front Apt., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting he tried to sell the drug within the county March 7.

Mr. Thompson is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in County Court in February 2012 to 2 years in prison, also for attempted-drug-sale convictions. He was released from prison under parole supervision in September, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 4 to six years in prison, followed by an additional three years of supervision upon his release. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate he serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program.

Inmates who complete the 90-day program serve the remainder of their sentence under parole supervision.

In other court activity:

Carlos M. Arroyo, 28, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted trying to sell cocaine within the county March 6. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 8 to 2 years in prison, followed by three years’ post-release supervision. Judge Martusewicz will recommend, but not mandate, that he serve his sentence in the Willard program.

Mr. Arroyo was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, in January 2012 to 31 months in federal prison for a conspiracy conviction, charged with trafficking cocaine between Watertown and Ogdensburg. He also pleaded guilty in County Court to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting he tried to sell cocaine in Watertown in July 2009.

He subsequently was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served on the state charge and was given credit for an unspecified amount of time served on the federal charge. Information on when he was released from federal prison was not available.

Nathan I. Koster, 20, of 34001 Route 126, Carthage, pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed oxycodone pills without a valid prescription Feb. 1. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 19 to three years’ probation.

Scotty D. Tummons, 42, of 303 Pine St., Theresa, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt and admitted violating probation. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by an unidentified person by sending them offensive texts March 25 in the town of Theresa.

At the time, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in September 2012 for a first-degree criminal contempt conviction.

He violated probation by committing the new crime. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 4 to a new three-year term of probation.

Anthony M. Hanson, 23, whose last known address was 43469 Route 3, Natural Bridge, admitting violating probation by being charged May 24 in Carthage with fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in February for a third-degree identity theft conviction.

He was subsequently sentenced Friday to five months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Raymond J. Perez, 22, of 369 Flower Ave. E., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He admitted that he damaged a police patrol car May 10 following a disturbance at a Huntington Street bar.

He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 20 to no more than three years’ probation and be ordered to pay $300 in restitution.

Phillip E. Hemminger II, 22, formerly of Black River, but now incarcerated in Pennsylvania, was sentenced to a year in jail, which will run concurrently with the sentence he is serving in Pennsylvania. He pleaded guilty Aug. 28 to third-degree attempted burglary in connection with an October 2010 intrusion at Herb Philipson’s, 1283 Arsenal St., in which guns were reportedly stolen.

Andrew M. O’Connor, 22, formerly of Carthage, but now also an inmate in Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree attempted burglary in connection with the Herb Philipson’s incident and is expected to be sentenced Nov. 20 to a year in jail, concurrent with his sentence in Pennsylvania, where the men are being held for robbery and auto theft.

Both men will pay their share of $2,919 in restitution to Herb Philipson’s in the form of a civil judgment.

William A. Spears, 39, of 106 Wendell Lane, Black River, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for Aug. 5 guilty pleas to first-degree attempted menacing of a police officer and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that on Aug. 6, 2012, he placed law enforcement members in fear of injury by pointing a rifle at them during a standoff at his residence.

He also admitted that he possessed a large-capacity semiautomatic magazine in excess of 10 rounds.

James W. Countryman, 28, whose last known address was 20276 Route 181, LaFargeville, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for an Aug. 2 guilty plea to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He admitted that on April 13 in Clayton he possessed checks that had been forged on the account of Helen Shampine without her permission.

He was also ordered to pay $2,870 in restitution.

Travis U. Miner, 26, whose last known address was 17120 County Route 53, Lot 16, Dexter, was sentenced to three years’ probation for an Aug. 26 guilty plea to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He admitted that he possessed cocaine Dec. 12 in Watertown.

Barbara M. Perry, 26, of 134 S. Orchard St., was sentenced to three years’ probation for a June 12 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

She admitted that on April 18 she possessed a forged prescription at Rite Aid, 315 Arsenal St.

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