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Watertown man jailed to await sentencing for wedding reception disturbance


A man who created a disturbance Aug. 10 at a wedding reception was jailed Tuesday evening to await sentencing for the incident.

James M. Knight, 26, of 313 Clay St., pleaded guilty on Nov. 8 in town of Watertown Court to third-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident, satisfying a total of eight charges lodged after the reception at the Eagles Club on Route 11.

He was initially jailed at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building until Dec. 3, when he was granted a pre-sentence release, according to town of Watertown Court. On Tuesday, he was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant charging him with violating terms of his jail release, and is now back in jail, with bail set at $2,500 by Town Justice David A. Renzi.

He is due for sentencing on Jan. 17.

According to court documents, he backed a Ford Bronco through barricades at the Eagles Club at about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 10, drove away, but then returned within a half-hour. He became involved in scuffles, during which he bit Jeremy Pecori on the thumb, choked Eric Moore, and pushed William Monica and William Cain to the ground, according to the court file.

Mr. Knight was paroled from a state prison on Nov. 15, 2011, after serving a term given in December 2010 in Jefferson County Court for first-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to the state Department of Corrections and Communit Supervision website. The conviction was for firing an assault weapon into a house which he knew was occupied by his estranged wife.

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