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Ex-con from Watertown faces return to prison for cocaine sale try

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An ex-convict from Watertown faces a return to state prison after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug.

Pelandro D. Baker, 34, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Further information about the charge was not available from the court.

Mr. Baker is expected to be sentenced Feb. 22 as a second felony offender to three years in prison, followed by an additional two years of supervision upon his release. He was sentenced in County Court in November 2008 to three years in prison for a conviction of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, having been accused of trying to sell cocaine at his Central Street apartment. He was released under parole supervision in July 2011, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

Also in court Wednesday, Wayne J. Bell II, 26, whose last known address was 644 Burlington St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. He was accused of damaging several items during a Nov. 21 domestic incident and of striking a 3-year-old girl the same day. Police said at the time of his arrest that he caused about $275 worth of damage. He was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Lee M. Adkins, 21, Watertown, who was homeless at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and second-degree attempted assault. He admitted that he struck Gregory G. Gleason, Watertown, in the face with his fist during a Sept. 20 altercation at Fat Boy’s tavern, 743 Huntington St. Police said Mr. Gleason suffered bleeding, bruising and swelling to his face.

Mr. Adkins also admitted that he attempted to injure Lt. Richard C. Wood, who tried to break up the fight, by striking him. Lt. Wood suffered a sprain of his left knee in the scuffle, police said.

Mr. Adkins is expected to be sentenced Feb. 20 to concurrent one-year terms in the PSB on each charge.

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