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Carthage man faces 9 years in prison for sexually abusing child


A Carthage man faces nine years in state prison after pleading guilty Monday in Jefferson County Court to a charge that he sexually abused a child.

Corey R. Passage, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sex act. He had been accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in July of having repeated sexual contact with a then-8-year-old girl in 2008 in Carthage.

In addition to the prison term, he is expected at sentencing May 13 to be ordered to undergo seven additional years of supervision upon his release from prison.

In other court activity:

Jonathan L. Williams, 31, Utica, was sentenced to three years in prison and was also ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release for a Feb. 11 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted trying to sell cocaine May 29. He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having served three prior state prison sentences, most recently completing a three-year term in 2009 for third-degree criminal possession of marijuana in Onondaga County.

In other activity:

Quaid Abdullah, 27, an inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, was sentenced to an additional 1 to 3 years in prison for a Jan. 23 guilty plea to first-degree attempted promotion of prison contraband. He was accused in November of possessing a small razor blade while incarcerated at Watertown Correctional Facility. He is serving a term of up to 2 years given him in Queens County for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

Aaron J. Jewett, 19, of 25312 Ridge Road, was sentenced to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building for Jan. 23 guilty pleas to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree grand larceny, as well an admission that he violated probation by committing the new crimes. He admitted that on Oct. 12, with another teenager, he possessed a loaded revolver that he had stolen from a vehicle on Cosgrove Street. At the time, he was serving a probation sentence imposed for a conviction in February 2012 on a second-degree attempted robbery charge.

Michael A. Permillion II, 23, of 833 LeRay St., pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that on Aug. 22, with another man, he entered a Boyd Street residence without permission with the intent to steal something. Sentencing was set for May 28. If he has completed a substance abuse rehabilitation program by sentencing, he will be allowed to withdraw his felony plea and plead guilty to second-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, and be sentenced to three years’ probation. If he does not complete the program, he could be sentenced to prison.

Lakendrick Cobey, 37, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess heroin with the intent to sell the drug Nov. 16 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced May 10 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Leland G. Arnold, 48, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that on Nov. 23 on Mill Street, he did $142 worth of damage to a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck owned by Charles L. Pickett. Sentencing was set for May 29.

Dean M. Cronk, 22, of 16633 County Route 155, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that on Sept. 17, he violated an order of protection held by an unidentified woman by having unwanted physical contact with her in the town of Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced May 17 to three years’ probation.

Brittaney S. Farris, 23, of 234 Coffeen St., Apt. 2-G, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that on Oct. 22 in the town of Watertown, she possessed heroin with the intent to sell the drug. She is expected to be sentenced May 28 to probation supervision.

Thomas S. Mason II, 30, of 219 Stuart St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that on Aug. 29, he possessed an illegal switchblade knife at his residence. He is expected to be sentenced May 29 to three years’ probation.

Mohamed A. El Bir, 27, Montreal, Quebec, pleaded guilty by mail to two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was subsequently fined $1,800. Further information about the charges was not available from the court.

Neil J. Hoffman, 41, Eolia, Mo., formerly of Evans Mills, pleaded guilty by mail to second-degree criminal trespass. He had been charged in July 2008 with entering an Evans Mills residence without permission and threatening his wife. He was subsequently sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

Angela R. King, 45, admitted violating probation by continuing to use cocaine and alcohol while under supervision. Resentencing was set for May 29. She was serving five years’ probation imposed in October 2010 for a fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction.

Jose E. Armstrong, 44, Evans Mills, had charges of third-degree sexual abuse, disseminating indecent material to a minor and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child dismissed. He had been accused in August 2011 of sending lewd text messages to a 14-year-old girl. Chief Assistant District Kristyna S. Mills requested the dismissal because Fort Drum officials have taken over prosecution of Mr. Armstrong.

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