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New York City man gets prison for having drugs in Watertown

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A New York City man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to six years in state prison for twice possessing controlled substances with the intent to sell the drugs.

Algernon A. Lovell, 32, also was ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release for March 27 guilty pleas to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that on Oct. 11, he possessed the stimulant methylphenidate, or Ritalin, without a prescription in Watertown and that on Nov. 8, he possessed cocaine in the city.

Mr. Lovell had been in County Court the morning of Oct. 11 to plead guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance for trying to sell cocaine in April and was awaiting sentencing when he was indicted in November on the charge that he possessed Ritalin. He was sentenced to a concurrent term of three years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision, for the attempted criminal sale conviction. He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been sentenced in County Court in August 2009 to 2 years in prison for a third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction.

In other court activity:

Tyler J. Maitland, 19, formerly of the town of Richland, but now incarcerated in Elmira Correctional Facility, was sentenced to one to three years in prison and ordered to pay $4,369 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment for an April 5 guilty plea to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on March 1, 2012, he entered a town of Ellisburg property belonging to John McGrew with the intent to steal. According to a grand jury indictment handed up in October, two furnaces and a mobile home axle were stolen. His prison sentence will run concurrently with a one- to seven-year sentence imposed March 14 in Oswego County Court for a third-degree burglary conviction.

Deon D. Whitehead, 20, Syracuse, was sentenced to a year in prison, followed by a year of post-release supervision, for a March 26 guilty plea 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.

Willie R. Fowler, 36, Watertown, was sentenced to nine months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation for Feb. 20 guilty pleas to two counts of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in November with selling cocaine twice on the same day in late August.

Jedadiah D. Romeo, 31, Watertown, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for Feb. 19 guilty pleas to third-degree burglary and an admission that he violated probation. He also was ordered to pay $17,556 in restitution. He admitted that on Sept. 8 he entered the construction site of Samaritan Summit Village on Summit Drive in the town of Watertown with the intent to steal something. He also admitted that sometime from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17 he entered a second construction site in the town of Watertown, again with the intent to steal items. Police said at the time that construction tools were stolen from the sites. At the time, Mr. Romeo was serving three years’ probation imposed in January 2012 for petit larceny and second-degree criminal trespassing convictions for stealing cash from his family’s dry-cleaning business. He admitted violating probation by committing the new crimes.

Jacob J. Traynor, 20, Clayton, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a March 8 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged Oct. 30 with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug in Clayton.

Michael L. Gascon, 24, of 43762 Fourth St., Redwood, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a Feb. 19 guilty plea to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that in March or April, with another man, he tried to enter Bonnie Castle Marina in Alexandria Bay with the intent to steal something. He also was ordered to pay his portion of about $4,400 in restitution.

Dennis T. Turpin, 64, Manchester, N.H., was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $3,500 for a Feb. 11 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated, admitting that he drove while intoxicated June 30 in Alexandria Bay. The charge was a felony because he was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in Champion Town Court in 2006. He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. His probation supervision will be transferred to New Hampshire.

Patrick J. Martin, 25, Watertown, was allowed to have a June 26 guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, vacated after completing substance abuse treatment and was allowed to plead guilty to the same charge in the fifth degree, as a misdemeanor. He admitted that, with others, he possessed construction materials that he knew had been stolen April 8 in the town of Watertown. He subsequently was sentenced to three years’ probation.

James D. Wisner, 21, Mannsville, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and restored to probation for an admission in December that he violated probation by continuing to use illegal drugs and alcohol while under supervision. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in May for a second-degree criminal trespass conviction.

Erik A. Massey, 26, Antwerp, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and ordered to pay $350 in restitution for a Feb. 5 guilty plea to petit larceny. He admitted that on Aug. 16 he entered an East Main Street apartment without permission and stole a television.

Steven A. Ingerson, 46, Clayton, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the PSB, with credit for time served. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in May 2011 for a third-degree burglary conviction. He admitted violating probation by failing to report to his probation officer and by failing to pay anything toward $1,400 in restitution. He since has paid full restitution.

Nicole E. Hargis, 29, of 27882 Route 342, Black River, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child as a result of separate incidents. She admitted that she had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old boy in June in the town of LeRay and that she had sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in the summer of 2006. She is expected to be sentenced June 17 to time served at the PSB and 10 years’ probation. She also will be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender.

Christopher M. Perciful, 31, whose last known address was 548 Mill St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted grand larceny, a felony, as well as criminal mischief, DWI and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors. He admitted that on Jan. 30 he tried to steal a 2009 Chevrolet Impala owned by Jennie M. Sampson, Dexter, from a hotel parking lot on Commerce Park Drive. He also admitted that he damaged property when he drove the vehicle across a lawn on Route 37 in the town of Pamelia and struck a house. He was intoxicated at the time.

He is expected to be sentenced June 3 to two to four years in prison. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that he serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. If inmates complete the 90-day program, they serve the remainder of their sentence under parole supervision. He also will be ordered to pay about $9,000 in total restitution.

Christopher R. Thurston, 29, of 31883 Route 12, LaFargeville, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He admitted that between Aug. 1, 2010, and Feb. 10, 2012, he stole more than $1,000 from his employer, Subway. Police said at the time of his arrest that he was the bookkeeper for Stones Throw LLC, the ownership company of three Watertown-area Subway shops. He is expected to be sentenced June 12 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay $12,201 in restitution.

Rodney G. Harsh II, 25, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine Jan. 18 within the county. He is expected to be sentenced June 17 to no worse than six months in the PSB, followed by five years’ probation.

Christopher T. Bennett, 30, of 647 Mundy St., pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted unlawful surveillance. He admitted that on Oct. 1 in the town of Watertown he tried to take images of a woman’s intimate parts. The incident occurred at a department store on Route 3. He subsequently was sentenced to three years’ probation.

Juan C. Guzman, 34, Hannibal, Oswego County, pleaded guilty to attempted failure to report a change of address as required by the state Sex Offender Registration Act. He admitted that he failed to report that he was living in Watertown between Oct. 19 and Dec. 14. He was sentenced to time served at the PSB and a one-year conditional discharge.

Leroy R. Rainey, 31, formerly of Watertown, but now an inmate at Ulster Correctional Facility, was arraigned on three counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court.

It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine in Watertown in early November and did the same thing twice on the same mid-December day. He pleaded not guilty to charges and was ordered held on $25,000 bail. He is in prison on an unspecified parole violation. He was sentenced in December 2011 in County Court to four years in prison for drug sale convictions and was returned to prison on a parole violation in March.

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