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Former Evans Mills fire chief sentenced to prison for sex with minor


WATERTOWN — A former Evans Mills fire chief was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to two years in state prison for having sexual contact with a minor.

Shawn R. Rutmanis, 43, whose last known address was 714 Stonewood Drive, Apt. B, also was ordered to undergo five additional years of supervision and register with the state as a sex offender upon his release from prison after pleading guilty Feb. 14 to third-degree criminal sexual act. He admitted that between February and July 2008 he engaged in sexual conduct with a girl under the age of 17. Police said at the time of his arrest that the incidents occurred when the girl was 15 and 16 years old.

In other court activity:

Jamel M. Smalls, 34, an inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, was sentenced to an additional two years in prison, followed by a year of post-release supervision, after pleading guilty Jan. 22 to fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess a narcotic without a prescription on March 24, 2013, at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. The sentence will be served consecutively to a 16- to 19-year sentence he is serving that was imposed in 1998 in Albany County for second-degree attempted murder.

Daniel J. Gadson, 24, of 1004 Bronson St., Apt. D, was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty Feb. 19 to second-degree criminal sale of marijuana. He admitted that he sold more than 4 ounces of the drug on Sept. 10 in Watertown.

Gabriel E. Jewett, 21, of 3966 Factory St., Natural Bridge, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty Feb. 18 to third-degree forgery. He admitted that he forged a check belonging to Edward Jewett on July 27 in Carthage. His sentence will be concurrent with a three-year term of probation imposed March 14 in Lewis County Court for a petit larceny conviction. He had been accused of stealing checks belonging to Edward Jewett between July 24 and Aug. 22 in the town of Diana.

Samantha J. Halko, 22, of 9727 Erie Canal Road, Croghan, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty Feb. 3 to fourth-degree criminal mischief. She admitted that on Aug. 31 she intentionally damaged a car belonging to Malayna L. Love on State Street. She also paid $2,151 in restitution up front.

Bradley L. Lillie, 40, Adams, pleaded guilty to third-degree welfare fraud. He admitted that between Nov. 1, 2010, and May 31, 2013, he received $21,357 in benefits from the Department of Social Services while filing false information. He is expected to be sentenced June 2 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay full restitution.

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