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Watertown man sentenced to prison for Drug Court violation

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A Watertown man was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to up to five years in state prison after admitting he violated terms of his Drug Court contract.

Mark R. Amo, 28, address not available, was sentenced to 2 to 5 years in prison after failing to complete the substance abuse rehabilitation program that is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration.

Mr. Amo was referred to the program in August 2011 for guilty pleas to third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal trespass. Information about what led to the Drug Court violation was not available from the court, although Mr. Amo was charged in October, with others, with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of methamphetamine for allegedly operating a meth lab found in Canton at North Country Freedom Home, which houses those who struggle with alcoholism and substance abuse.

In other court activity:

Kristin S. Avallone-Clark, 23, Carthage, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that, with others, she possessed more than 8 ounces of cocaine April 1 in Adams. Police said at the time of her arrest that 1.3 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $130,000 was recovered from an apartment at 6 Institute St.

District Attorney Cindy F. Intschert said that if Ms. Avallone-Clark successfully completes Drug Court, the drug possession count will be amended to a lower level felony drug charge and she will be sentenced to five years’ probation. If she is unsuccessful, she faces a sentence of six years in prison, followed by an additional five years of supervision upon her release.

Shawn M. Passage, 27, Carthage, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and was referred to Drug Court. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Nov. 24 on Bridge Street in West Carthage at a time when his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. The charge was a felony because he had been convicted of felony DWI in County Court in 2010.

If he is successful in Drug Court, he faces a sentence of five years’ probation, a $1,000 fine, revocation of his driver’s license and an order that he install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. He also would be given the choice of serving 10 days in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building or performing 60 days of community service. If he is unsuccessful, he will be sentenced to two to six years in prison, be fined $3,500, have his license revoked and be subject to the interlock provision.

Scott W. Riley, 49, Watertown, pleaded guilty to felony DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and was referred to Drug Court. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Oct. 26 on Huntington Street while his license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. He had been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in 2010 in Ellisburg Town Court.

If he is successful in Drug Court, he will be sentenced to five years’ probation and a $1,000 fine, have his license revoked and be subject to the interlock provision. He also would either serve five days in the PSB or perform 30 days of community service. If he is unsuccessful, he will be sentenced to 113 to 4 years in prison, along with fines and other conditions.

Florence A. Ford, 67, Sackets Harbor, successfully completed Drug Court and was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge, with orders to complete the Bridge program. She had been referred to the program in October 2011 for guilty pleas to felony DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated in September 2011 on County Route 57 in the town of Lyme. She also was fined a total of $1,500.

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