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Watertown man gets probation for ATV theft


A town of Watertown man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to five years’ probation for stealing an all-terrain vehicle from a town of Lorraine residence.

Robert M. Reczko, 24, whose last known address was 17481 Route 11, Lot 42, also was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building for Feb. 6 guilty pleas to fourth-degree grand larceny as a result of one incident and third-degree attempted burglary stemming from a second incident.

He admitted that on June 5 he, along with a teenager, stole an all-terrain vehicle from the lawn of the Patrick Bates residence on County Route 189 in the town of Lorraine. He also admitted that on Oct. 19, again with the teen, he tried to enter a vacant building on Route 11 in the town of Watertown with the intent to steal scrap metal.

In other court activity:

Sean M. Spencer, 24, Liverpool, formerly of Carthage, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for a Jan. 23 guilty plea to fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in July with selling steroids within the county in late 2010 and early 2011. His probation supervision will be transferred to Onondaga County.

Barry A. King, 43, Watertown, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and restored to probation for an admission in October that he violated probation. He is serving five years’ probation imposed in October 2010 for a fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction, having admitted he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use cocaine, marijuana and alcohol while under supervision.

Michael S. Hill, 33, of 6892 Erie Canal Road, Lowville, pleaded guilty to petit larceny, admitting that on May 2 he stole merchandise from Kmart on Route 3 in the town of Watertown. He subsequently was sentenced to time served at the PSB.

Hardik J. Patel, 21, of 19325 Route 11, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess more than an ounce of cocaine Sept. 13 in the town of Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced on June 11 to 30 days in the PSB and five years’ probation and be ordered to forfeit $4,096 in his possession at the time of his arrest.

In court activity Monday, Terrell A. Sweet, 23, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted robbery. Sentencing was set for June 14. He was accused in an indictment handed up in November, along with others, of taking part in a mugging of a man in June in the 600 block of Boyd Street. The victim, Paul E. LaDuke, suffered cuts, scrapes and a broken tooth and had $150 stolen from him, according to the indictment.

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