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Watertown man faces up to 5 years in prison for heroin sale try


A Watertown man faces up to 5 years in state prison after admitting Friday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to sell heroin in December.

Raimundo Marteliz III, 45, no fixed address, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell the drug within the county Dec. 5.

In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release at sentencing July 12. 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.

In other court activity:

Jason J. Love, 34, Evans Mills, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree attempted menacing of a police officer and second-degree harassment.

He admitted that on Oct. 25 at his former residence at 26896 Goulds Corners Road, town of LeRay, he tried to possess a loaded firearm with the intent to use it unlawfully against another.

He also admitted he tried to place a sheriff’s deputy in fear of injury by pointing the firearm at him the same day. He further admitted that, during an argument with his wife, Remi Y., he subjected her to unwanted physical contact.

The domestic disputed escalated into a five-hour standoff during which Mr. Love, who was wearing tactical gear, exchanged words with officers, then barricaded himself in the house.

Police said at the time that Mr. Love discharged his weapon three times, although no one was injured.

He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 27 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

Terrell A. Sweet, 23, Fort Drum, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after an April 8 guilty plea to second-degree attempted robbery.

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.

John R. Blakeslee, 30, Theresa, was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $750 after April 17 guilty pleas to second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

He admitted he drove while intoxicated Feb. 4 on Interstate 81 in the town of Watertown while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense.

He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Joel R. Gillespie, 32, and Kellie L. Belcher, 31, both of Watertown, were arraigned on separate sealed indictments alleging counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance against each.

It is alleged Mr. Gillespie had and sold heroin in the county in mid-May, while Ms. Belcher had and sold cocaine in mid-March.

Both were also arraigned on open indictments handed up Thursday in court, containing counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of the precursors to methamphetamine and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

In that case, they are accused of being at 657 Bronson St. on May 26 when police discovered a methamphetamine lab.

Both entered not guilty pleas to all of the counts in both indictments and were sent to the PSB on $30,000 bail.

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