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Pamelia man faces prison time for heroin sale

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A ex-convict from the town of Pamelia faces 3 years in state prison after admitting Monday in Jefferson County Court that he sold heroin in February.

Michael C. Walters, 26, whose last known address was 23727 Route 37, also is expected to be ordered at his Nov. 5 sentencing to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release from prison for a guilty plea to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in May of selling the drug within the county in late February.

Mr. Walters had been referred to Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, in July 2008 for guilty pleas to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and an admission to a probation violation. He was accused of possessing cocaine at his West Lynde Street apartment in May 2008. At the time, he was serving a three-year probation sentence imposed in June 2007 for a second-degree criminal trespass conviction, having admitted he took part in break-ins at Ryan’s Jet Gas, 740 State St., and Bernardo’s Pizzeria, 702 Coffeen St.

In January 2009, he admitted violating his Drug Court contract and was sentenced to three years in state prison. He was released to parole supervision in September 2010, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In other court activity:

Corey R. Smith, 22, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and admitted violating probation. He admitted that on June 25 he possessed a debit card receipt while knowing that the card owner’s signature had been forged on it. He also admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crime. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in September 2011 for a third-degree criminal mischief conviction.

He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 19 to two to four years in prison. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that he serve the sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision.

Andrew Bennett, 24, Brooklyn, a former inmate at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting prison contraband. He admitted that he possessed a metal can lid June 23 while incarcerated at Cape Vincent while knowing that lid was considered dangerous contraband under prison rules. Mr. Bennett was released from prison Aug. 10 after serving a little over two years for a third-degree robbery conviction in Kings County. He subsequently was sentenced on the contraband charge to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with credit for time served since July 3.

Tyler J. Fiorentino, 21, of 28571 Middle Road, town of Rutland, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to four weekends in the PSB. He admitted violating supervision by being charged with driving while intoxicated Sept. 2 on Mill Street. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

Scott A. Monroe, 43, of 23363 Boyd Road, Carthage, pleaded guilty to felony DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Aug. 13 on Route 3 in the town of Wilna after his driver’s license was suspended or revoked in August 2008 in Carthage Village Court for a misdemeanor DWI conviction. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 30 to a three-year conditional discharge and be ordered to complete the Bridge program. He will also be fined $2,500, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to either serve five days in the PSB or perform 30 days of community service.

Jonathan L. Williams, 30, Utica, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he sold cocaine within the county in late May and again two days later. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail. Mr. Williams has served three prior state prison sentences, most recently completing a three-year term in 2009 for a third-degree criminal possession of marijuana conviction in Onondaga County.

Antoun C. Saydeh, 53, Ottawa, Ontario, was arraigned as a fugitive from Ohio. He waived his right to extradition proceedings and agreed to be returned to Ohio, where he is facing a tax issue. He was taken into custody Saturday by state police at the port of entry at Alexandria Bay.

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