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Gouverneur man sentenced to prison for sexual contact with child


A Gouverneur man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to five years in state prison for having sexual contact with a minor in 2007.

Eric K. Goodfriend, 25, address not available, was also ordered to undergo an additional seven years of supervision upon his release from prison and register with the state as a sex offender for a Dec. 7 guilty plea to first-degree criminal sex act. He admitted that he engaged in sexual conduct with an 11-year-old girl in the town of LeRay in July 2007.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz said he is also facing a three-year consecutive sentence in St. Lawrence County for similar acts with a different child. Information about that case was not available. Prior to sentencing, Goodfriend offered an apology to his victims.

“I wish I could tell them I’m sorry and tell the families that I’m sorry,” he said.

In other court activity:

Katrina M. Limon, 20, of 214 Flower Ave. E., was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $1,500 for a Dec. 21 guilty plea to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child as a passenger. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated Sept. 14 on Keyes Avenue with a 14-year-old girl as a passenger. She also had her driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she owns or operates.

Charles J. Johnson, 58, whose last known address was 833 LeRay St., pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary as a result of separate incidents. He admitted that on May 26 he entered the Watertown Urban Mission, 247 Factory St., with the intent to steal something and that two days later he broke into Avon Shoes, 67 Public Square. Police said at the time that $39 was stolen from a cash register at the store.

He is expected to be sentenced March 27 to two to four years in prison. Depending on information contained in a presentence investigation, Judge Martusewicz said he may mandate that Mr. Johnson serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program.

Marquis M. Dawkins, 23, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and third-degree attempted criminal mischief. He admitted that on June 24, with others, he entered the Starbuck Avenue apartment of Michele R. Bowens without permission with the intent to commit a crime. Police said at the time that Ms. Bowens’s son, Corey R. Smith, was punched and kicked in the incident. Mr. Dawkins also admitted he damaged a kitchen sink and a bathroom door at the residence. He is expected to be sentenced to two to four years in prison and be ordered to pay $360 in restitution. Judge Martusewicz will mandate that he serve his sentence in the Willard program.

Joshua D. Brownell, 30, of 22000 Admiral’s Walk, town of Pamelia, pleaded guilty to two counts of petit larceny and a single count of reckless driving stemming from three incidents. He admitted that on April 11 he stole a piece of jewelry valued at $2,000 from Sam’s Club on Route 3 in the town of Watertown and that the following day he stole a pair of safety glasses from a hardware store. He also admitted that he drove recklessly Dec. 16 in Watertown, traveling at 53 mph in a 30-mph zone.

He is expected to be sentenced April 19 to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on the petit larceny conviction for stealing the jewelry and a consecutive six months in the PSB for taking the glasses. He will face a fine and have his driver’s license suspended for the reckless driving conviction.

Anthony I. DeJesus, 20, of 123 S. Rutland St., pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree menacing as a result of two incidents. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by his estranged wife, Haley M. DeJesus, by arguing with her and having unwanted physical contact with her Jan. 1 in the town of Theresa. He also admitted that on Jan. 5 he got into a dispute with his wife’s brother, Louis A. Alteri, and threatened him with what appeared to be a pistol. He is expected to be sentenced April 8 to three years’ probation.

Timothy S. Fowler, 23, Copenhagen, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. He admitted that he struck Harley Sanders, causing injury, Jan. 12 in West Carthage. He is expected to be sentenced April 5 to no worse than probation supervision and possibly a conditional discharge.

Dillon M. Ashley, 18, of 17481 Route 11, Lot 47-N, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. Sentencing was set for April 17. He admitted that on Jan. 5, with others, he stole an all-terrain vehicle valued at more than $1,000 from a front yard at the Patrick Bates residence on County Route 189 in the town of Lorraine.

James T. Keech, 41, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and restored to probation. He admitting violating supervision by being charged in November with writing four bad checks and by also being arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is serving three years’ probation imposed in August 2011 for convictions on two counts of second-degree menacing for threatening a woman with a baseball bat.

Joseph I. Dukes, 27, Fort Drum, was arraigned as a fugitive wanted in Georgia for an alleged probation violation. He agreed to waive his extradition rights and be returned to Georgia, although Assistant Public Defender Matthew J. Porter said probation officials in Georgia have indicated they are unlikely to seek his extradition.

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