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Watertown man sentenced to up to 4 years in prison for robbery

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A Watertown man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison for forcibly stealing money from another man.

Jermaine A. Nesmith, 30, whose last known address was 1620 Huntington St., Apt. 28, was sentenced to two to four years in prison after a May 7 guilty plea 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 suffered a cut above his eye and bruises.

Mr. Nesmith was 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.

In other court activity:

Joseph M. Patterson, 35, Watertown, was resentenced to two years in prison, followed by a year of post-release supervision, after a May 1 admission that he violated probation. He was serving a five-year probation term imposed in June 2011 for third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted violating probation by absconding from supervision by not reporting to his probation officer since November 2011.

Jessica M. Raymo, 22, of 3177 Route 58, Gouverneur, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and also was ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender after a March 22 guilty plea to use of a child in a sexual performance. She admitted that while living on Fort Drum in July 2011, she induced a 15-year-old girl to engage in a sexual act with her that was broadcast via Skype to her husband, Shawn S.S. Raymo, a Fort Drum soldier deployed to Afghanistan. Mrs. Raymo said she did so at the request of her husband, who also is facing a charge that he used a child in a sexual performance. Her probation supervision will be transferred to St. Lawrence County.

Derek J. Wagoner, 31, of 43785 First St., Redwood, was sentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after April 5 guilty pleas to two counts of second-degree criminal trespass. He admitted that in August, he stole $1,000 from the Fishers Landing residence of Lloyd J. Young. He entered an Alford plea to a second trespass count, meaning he did not admit to the underlying facts of the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of being convicted of a more serious offense at trial. He had been charged in January with stealing a stereo unit from a garage on County Route 192 in Redwood. He also was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

Melissa A. Barnwell, 34, Watertown, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and ordered to pay $8,526 in restitution after a March 20 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal mischief. She admitted that she tried to damage property at her former apartment on Academy Street.

Chad W. Whitford, 34, whose last known address was 22677 Lewis St., Apt. 39, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed heroin with the intent to sell the drug May 2 in Watertown. He is due to be sentenced to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

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