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Three men face prison for separately trying to sell drugs in Watertown

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Three men face state prison sentences after admitting Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that they tried to possess or sell cocaine or heroin in Watertown in separate incidents.

Franshon M. Purvis Jr., 25, whose last known address was 166 High St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine Nov. 28.

He is expected to be sentenced April 26 to four years in prison, followed by an additional year of supervision upon his release. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that he serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. If he successfully completes the 90-day program, he would serve the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision.

Deon D. Whitehead, 20, Syracuse, 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 Jan. 14 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced April 19 to a year in prison, followed by a year’s post-release supervision.

Joshua A. Thurston, 24, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, admitting that he tried, with others, to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Dec. 12 at his residence at 324 Stone St., Apt. 2. In all, five people were arrested at the residence following a raid by the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force in which cocaine with an estimated street value of $4,500 was seized. Mr. Thurston is expected to be sentenced May 17 to a year in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

In other court activity:

Arthur G. Parody, 52, of 600 William St., Apt. D3, Dexter, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $5,226 in restitution to the Department of Social Services for Jan. 23 guilty pleas to fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny. He admitted that between September 2010 and Feb. 29, he received food stamps and other benefits from the Department of Social Services while failing to report the income of other people also living in his home.

Bridget A. Finley, 41, Copenhagen, formerly of Black River, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $1,940 in restitution to DSS for a Jan. 30 guilty plea to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. She admitted that from July 2010 to November 2010, she filed recertification forms containing false information with DSS to obtain benefits.

Devaun A. Frankson, 33, whose last known address was 137 Charles St., was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service for a Jan. 22 guilty plea to third-degree assault. He admitted he caused physical injury to a 5-year-old female Sept. 21 in Watertown.

Gary W. Hammill Jr., 30, Carthage, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to complete the Bridge program for a Jan. 28 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Oct. 27 on Brown Street in Carthage. He also was fined $1,500, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

John P. Arca, 41, Black River, admitted violating terms of an earlier conditional discharge and was resentenced to four months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and ordered to complete the Bridge program for a felony DWI conviction. He admitted violating terms of the discharge by failing to complete substance abuse treatment.

Saidah E. Cowan, 32, Kingston, Jamaica, formerly of Oswegatchie, pleaded guilty to felony DWI. She admitted driving while intoxicated on Bridge Street in West Carthage in December 2010 after having been convicted of misdemeanor DWI two months prior. She subsequently was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge, fined $2,000, had her driver’s license revoked and is subject to the interlock provision.

Matthew J. Gamage, 24, of 662 Mill St., pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, a noncriminal violation. He admitted that he engaged in harassing behavior toward Michael J. Smith, Forestport, on May 9 in the town of Pamelia. He subsequently was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge.

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