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Watertown man sentenced to prison for cocaine sale


A Watertown man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to three years in state prison for selling cocaine in the city.

Jeremiah L. Williams, 37, also was ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release from prison after an Oct. 24 guilty plea to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in May with selling cocaine in March in Watertown.

He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having previously been sentenced to state prison at least three times, most recently in April 2007. Mr. Williams was sentenced in that instance in County Court to two to four years in prison after a January 2007 guilty plea to second-degree unlawful surveillance for secretly taking hundreds of pictures up women’s skirts at various area stores.

In other court activity:

James E. Addley, 20, whose last known address was 16130 Martin Road, town of Hounsfield, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender after a Sept. 24 guilty plea to second-degree attempted rape. He admitted that he tried to have sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl sometime between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18, 2012, in the town of Alexandria.

Aaron A. Netto, 36, of 23997 County Route 159, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $1,267 in restitution after Sept. 30 guilty pleas to four counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, attempted tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy. As part of a plea agreement, he also resigned his position as a state corrections officer at Riverview Correctional Facility, Ogdensburg.

Mr. Netto was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in March with possessing a refrigerator stolen from Value Homes, two generators stolen from Three Phase Line Construction, a Wacker tamper owned by Con Tech Building Systems, a Stihl chain saw stolen from Act II Construction and scaffolding belonging to McQuade & Bannigan. It also was alleged that he conspired with others to possess the stolen goods and that during the course of the police investigation into the matter, he moved the tamper from his residence to another location, resulting in the tampering with evidence charge.

Mr. Netto still has counts of third-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment, a class E felony, and misdemeanor second-degree reckless endangerment pending in County Court. He is accused in that matter of knowingly releasing more than 1,000 pounds of friable and nonfriable asbestos material into the environment while conducting an illegal asbestos abatement at the vacant two-family house at 222 Academy St. that he purchased Aug. 16.

Nathan I. Koster, 20, of 34001 Route 126, Carthage, was sentenced to three years’ probation after a Sept. 27 guilty plea to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed oxycodone pills without a valid prescription Feb. 1.

Matthew L. Mehaffy, 31, Watertown, was resentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and restored to probation after a July 10 admission that he violated probation. He is serving five years’ probation imposed in February 2009 for a felony driving while intoxicated conviction. He 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.

Scott L. Thomas, 31, whose last known address was 1005 Bronson St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He admitted that on Sept. 26 he stole a 60-inch plasma television set from Susan Monroe, who had rented the set from a rental company. He subsequently was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation. He also was ordered to pay $1,430 in restitution.

Patricia A. Shea, 53, Stillwater, Okla., pleaded guilty to second-degree falsifying business records and a violation of state Public Health Law pertaining to the dispensing of narcotics. She entered her pleas using an Alford plea, stating that she did not admit to the any of the allegations in the underlying case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of being convicted of a felony at trial.

Ms. Shea, a traveling registered nurse, was one of four nurses charged in June with stealing controlled substances while working at Samaritan Medical Center’s emergency room and falsifying documents to cover up the alleged thefts. A second traveling nurse, Dawn R. Harrison, Dolgeville, was cleared by a grand jury that returned a no-bill in her case Thursday, ending any charges.

Ms. Shea’s sentencing was deferred until May 9. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz said the delayed sentence was to allow time for Ms. Shea to be evaluated for substance abuse issues and receive treatment, if it is deemed necessary.

Stuart C. Chambers Jr., 34, whose last known address was 1013 Salina St., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug June 5 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 23 to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

Travis C. Johnson, 24, of 1628 State St., Lower Apt., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana. He admitted that he sold or gave marijuana to another person Sept. 10 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 21 to three years’ probation.

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