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Watertown woman may face 4 years in prison for heroin sale try

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A Watertown woman faces up to four years in state prison after admitting Monday in Jefferson County Court that she tried to possess heroin with the intent to sell the drug.

Paige H. Johnson, 24, whose last known address was 622 Gotham St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and admitted violating by committing the new crime. She admitted trying to possess the drug Feb. 18 in the town of Pamelia.

She and two others were charged with possessing heroin after members of the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force raided a room at the Royal Inn, routes 37 and 342. At the time, Miss Johnson was serving five years’ probation after being convicted in September in County Court of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, cocaine.

She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 6 to four years in prison, followed by three additional years of supervision upon her release. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz said he will mandate that Miss Johnson serve her sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, she serves the remainder of her sentence under parole supervision.

In other court activity:

Canaan G. Joyner, 25, Manhattan, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed crack cocaine with the intent to sell it Feb. 6 in Watertown. Police said at the time of his arrest that he, along with a woman, possessed 41 bags of cocaine with an estimated street value exceeding $2,000 at an apartment at 319 Clay St. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 4 to nine months’ time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

Shane D. Henry, 23, whose last known address was 9939 Route 12, Copenhagen, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. He admitted that on Aug. 11 he stole copper wiring from a construction site on Fort Drum. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 28 to three years’ probation and be ordered to pay $1,205 in restitution.

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