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Philadelphia man gets prison term for attempted cocaine sale


A Philadelphia man who led police on a high-speed pursuit in March was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to up to two years in state prison for trying to sell cocaine in a separate incident.

Matthew T. Schirmer, 23, of 67 N. Main St., was also ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release after pleading guilty Aug. 31 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also pleaded guilty that day to third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, third-degree aggravated unlicensed driving and speeding.

He admitted that on Feb. 10, he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown. He also admitted that on March 28, he tried to avoid stopping for police after he was observed speeding on Arsenal Street and his speed hit 100 mph in a 30-mph zone on Coffeen Street during the pursuit. At the time, his driver’s license was suspended or revoked.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that he serve his sentence in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Willard Drug Treatment program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision. He was sentenced to conditional discharges on the unlawful fleeing and unlicensed driving convictions and a $100 fine for speeding.

In other court activity:

James B. Kirik, 22, Edinboro, Pa., was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Aug. 22 to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on March 23 he went into a building on Fort Drum and tried to steal a lift and some chains. His probation supervision will be transferred to Pennsylvania.

Anthony M. Hanson, 22, of 43469 Route 3, Natural Bridge, pleaded guilty to third-degree identity theft. He admitted he used a woman’s debit card without permission to obtain $510 in cash March 11 in the town of Champion. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 2 to three years’ probation and ordered to pay restitution.

Kenneth J. Stoner, 19, of 9444 Mixer Road, Adams, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted violating an order of protection held by Ashley Deline by calling her and threatening her June 30. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 19 to three years’ probation. The sentence will be concurrent with a three-year term of probation he is already serving for a stolen property conviction.

Zebulon W. Mosher, 25, of 407 Main St., Theresa, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor. He admitted he drove while intoxicated Sept. 29 on Main Street in Theresa. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 19 to either time served at the PSB and three years’ probation or a conditional discharge with orders to complete the Bridge program. In either case, he will be fined $1,000, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Barry A. King, 43, Watertown, admitted violating probation and is due to be resentenced Jan. 28. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use cocaine, marijuana and alcohol while under supervision. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in October 2010 for a fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction, having admitted he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown.

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