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Watertown man sent to prison for violating rehab program

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A Watertown man was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison after admitting in Jefferson County Court that he violated his Drug Court contract.

Kenneth R. Monica, 40, address not available, was also ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release for an August 2011 conviction for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted he sold heroin in March 2011. Following the admission, he was referred to Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration.

Information about what led to his Drug Court violation was not available from the court.

In other court activity Wednesday, Andress Martinez, 31, of 25577 James St., Calcium, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and circumventing a court-ordered ignition interlock device. He admitted that he drove with a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent Sept. 20 on Mill Street. Aggravated DWI is charged when a motorist’s blood alcohol content is 0.18 percent or above. The minimum BAC to warrant a DWI charge is 0.08.

The charge was a felony because he had been convicted of DWI Aug. 15 in Leray Town Court. As part of a sentence in that matter, his driver’s license had been suspended or revoked and he had been ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. He admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license when his vehicle was halted Sept. 20 and that he failed to have an interlock device in the vehicle.

He was subsequently referred to Drug Court. District Attorney Cindy F. Intschert said that if he successfully completes the program, his felony aggravated DWI conviction will be vacated and he will be allowed to plead guilty to a lower level felony DWI. He would then be sentenced to five years’ probation, fined $1,000 and be subject to the interlock provision. If he is unsuccessful in Drug Court, he will be sentenced to 16 months to 4 years in prison, be fined $3,500 and have his driver’s license revoked.

In court Wednesday, Eduardo C. Gonzales, 21, Brooklyn, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to 1 years in prison, followed by two additional years of supervision upon his release. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in October 2011 for a third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction, having admitted that he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown. Information about what led to the probation violation was not available from the court.

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