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Watertown man gets up to 4 years in prison for trying to assault jail officer

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A Watertown man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison for trying to assault a corrections officer at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Michael W. Williams, 35, whose last known address was 148 N. Orchard St., was sentenced to two to four years in prison after a March 22 guilty plea to second-degree attempted assault. He admitted that he tried to injure Officer James E. Gayne while placing him in a chokehold Oct. 5. Police said at the time that the officer suffered cuts on his head and elbow.

Mr. Williams was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted of third-degree burglary in County Court in 2002.

In other court activity Wednesday, Jeremiah L. Williams, 37, Watertown, was arraigned on two 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 twice on the same mid-March day. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held at the PSB on $30,000 bail.

In court activity Tuesday:

Jermaine A. Nesmith, 30, whose last known address was 1620 Huntington St., Apt. 28, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery. He admitted that on Jan. 1 he, with another man, forcibly stole money and property from Jeffrey Jewett, Watertown, on Factory Street. Police said at the time that two cellphones, $200 in cash and a bottle of prescription pills were stolen. Mr. Jewett also suffered a cut above his eye and bruises.

Mr. Nesmith is expected to be sentenced June 7 to two to four years in prison. He will be sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in January 2007 of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree filing a false instrument. Robbery charges against Lawrence E. Bradford, 30, Watertown, remain pending in connection with the incident involving Mr. Jewett.

Samuel N. Royston, 25, Watertown, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. The pleas cancel a trial set for next week in the matter. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in December with selling heroin within the county in early November and again a week later.

He is expected to be sentenced June 28 to a year in the PSB for one attempted sale conviction and five years’ probation for the second.

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