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Watertown man sentenced to four years in prison for heroin possession


A Watertown man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison for possessing heroin.

Daniel J. Borg, 35, also was ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release after a Sept. 9 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had been accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in March with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug Jan. 5 in Watertown.

Mr. Borg was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been sentenced in County Court to 2 years in prison in June 2008 for third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that he serve his new sentence in the state prison system’s shock incarceration program, in which he would spend six months in a military-style substance abuse treatment program and serve the balance of his sentence on parole.

In other court activity Friday:

Daniel J. Longnecker, 27, whose last known address was 24287 Boot Jack Hill Road, Felts Mills, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay about $18,000 in restitution after Aug. 27 guilty pleas to four counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and single counts of fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, reckless driving and resisting arrest. He also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

He admitted that on Oct. 27, he tried to steal a 2009 Mercury Mariner from a location on Fort Drum. He also admitted driving the vehicle recklessly in the towns of LeRay and Pamelia. He further admitted that on the same day, he damaged windshield wipers on a Chevrolet Blazer in the town of Pamelia and damaged a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at the state police barracks in the town and a Subaru in a motel parking lot on Route 342. He also damaged a door at a residence on Route 37 in the town and ran from police who were trying to apprehend him.

Mason J. Cooper, 21, New York City, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess heroin with the intent to sell the drug June 25 in the town of Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 8 to 1 years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision. Judge Martusewicz will recommend, but not mandate, that he serve his sentence in the shock incarceration program.

Alice K. Kerr, 45, Cortland, formerly of Brownville, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal trespass. She admitted that on Oct. 20 in the town of Pamelia, along with another person, she stole more than $1,000 worth of diesel fuel. She also admitted that on June 18, 2012, she entered a residence on Ashland Road in the town of Lyme without permission. She is expected to be sentenced Dec. 10 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. She also will be ordered to pay her share of $4,463 in restitution.

Harold Anthony III, 26, of 717 Myrtle Ave., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He admitted that he damaged a door at his apartment Aug. 21 and that he struggled with police as they attempted to arrest him the next day. He is expected to sentenced Dec. 10 to three years’ probation.

James D. Manton, 44, whose last known address was 24021 Route 12, Apt. 9, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Heather M. Lavancha by being in her presence Sept. 4 in Watertown. He subsequently was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB.

In court activity Thursday:

Benjamin B. Bleidorn-Piper, 33, whose last known address was 118 Highland Ave., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was referred to Drug Court. He had been charged in April with possessing an assault weapon at his residence. If he successfully completes the substance abuse rehabilitation program that is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, his felony conviction will be vacated and he will be allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor. He then would be sentenced to three years’ probation. If he is unsuccessful, the felony conviction will stand and he will be sentenced to two years in prison, followed by 1 years’ post-release supervision.

Julian V. Miller, 23, of 741 Mill St., pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault. He entered his plea using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of being convicted of a more serious offense at trial. He had been accused of hitting Jacob Patrick in the face with a large stick Aug. 5 in the town of Ellisburg. Sentencing was deferred until Mr. Miller completes a job placement program. He was placed on one-year interim probation in the meantime. If he completes the program, his felony conviction will be vacated and he will be allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor. If he is unsuccessful, he will be sentenced to 113 to 3 years in prison.

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