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Watertown woman sentenced to prison for possessing stolen goods

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A Watertown woman was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison for possessing stolen property.

Lisha M. Skeldon, 19, whose last known address was 521 Jefferson St., was sentenced to 113 to 4 years in prison for an Aug. 6 guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

She admitted that on April 27 she, along with Robert S. Champion, possessed items stolen from Kenneth R. Granger, Watertown. Mr. Champion, 19, Watertown, pleaded guilty Sept. 4 to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and is expected to be sentenced Oct. 9 to four years in prison.

In other court activity:

Michael W. Williams, 34, Watertown, was sentenced to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served, for a July 16 guilty plea to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted violating an order of protection held by Michelle R. Ricks by grabbing her, pulling her hair and striking her Nov. 28 at her North Orchard Street residence.

Kyle S. Monahan, 17, Watertown, was resentenced to a year in the PSB for a July 18 admission that he violated probation. He was given credit for time served at the PSB.

Information about why he was serving probation and what led to the violation were not available from the court.

Candisa M. Cater, 26, address not confirmed, but formerly of Calcium, pleaded guilty by mail to third-degree assault. She was charged May 21 with throwing a knife and scissors at her husband, Corey Cater, during a domestic fight.

She was subsequently sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

Gary L. Brown, 30, whose last known address was 710 Washington St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance as a result of one incident and second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment as a result of a second incident. He also admitted violating probation.

He admitted that, with another person, he tried to sell cocaine Dec. 16 within the county.

He entered his pleas to the weapon possession and endangerment charges using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to the underlying allegations in the matter, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of facing a stiffer sentence if convicted of more serious offenses at trial.

Assistant District Attorney Nicole L. Kyle said, had the matter proceeded to trial, evidence would have shown that on Oct. 8 Mr. Brown possessed a loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber handgun and fired at a vehicle occupied by Kristie Anzalone and Gualberto Santiago Jr., causing grave risk of death to the pair. The incident occurred on Academy Street near its intersection with Clay Street.

At the time, Mr. Brown was serving five years’ probation imposed in February 2010 for selling cocaine.

He violated probation by being convicted of the new crimes.

He is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison, followed by five additional years of supervision upon his release, for the weapon possession conviction and concurrent sentences on the remaining convictions.

Tiffany M. Williams, 22, Troy, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

She admitted that between March 2011 and May 2011 she, along with others, tried to steal money from an inmates’ account at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility and that she possessed forged checks drawn on the account.

In all, seven people were charged in a yearlong scheme to steal money from the account.

She is expected to be sentenced Nov. 19 to no worse than probation and be ordered to pay about $2,400 in restitution.

If restitution is paid prior to sentencing, she may be sentenced to a conditional discharge.

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