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Theresa man sent to prison for using stolen debit card

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A Theresa man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison for using a woman’s stolen debit card.

Christopher L. Clearwater, 35, whose last known address was 310 Main St., was sentenced to two to four years in prison after an Aug. 6 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny. He was accused in July of taking an unidentified woman’s debit card and using it to acquire $2,321 on Feb. 7 in the town of LeRay.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been sentenced in County Court in December 2010 to 2 to 5 years in prison for a third-degree criminal possession of stolen property conviction. He also was ordered Monday to pay full restitution in the form of a civil judgment.

In other court activity:

Jannah R. Smith, 36, whose last known address was 648 Bronson St., was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to undergo an additional two years of supervision upon her release after an Aug. 2 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and an admission that she violated probation. She admitted trying to sell cocaine within the county Jan. 11. At the time, she was serving five years’ probation imposed in October for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She violated probation by being convicted of the new crime.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that she serve her 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. She was sentenced as a second-felony offender based on the drug sale conviction.

Stacey D. Surgick, 44, Albany, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after June 24 guilty pleas to first-degree attempted promotion of prison contraband and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in June with having three alprazolam and four buprenorphine pills secreted in her body March 24 while visiting Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. Her probation supervision will be transferred to Albany County.

Elizabeth G. Skinner, 45, whose last known address was 26138 Jewett Place, Calcium, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after a July 26 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to sell cocaine Feb. 13 within the county.

Leroy R. Rainey, 32, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged in an indictment handed up in April with selling cocaine in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 4 to 4 years in prison, followed by three years’ post-release supervision. He will be sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court of three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in October 2011.

William J. Kiblin Jr., 40, whose last known address was 19226 Route 11, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal contempt. He admitted violating an order of protection held by Michelle R. Ricks by sending her a letter July 22 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 1 to 1 to 3 years in prison. He will be sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in March of first-degree criminal contempt, also for violating Ms. Ricks’s protection order.

Roger D. Brogdon Jr., 24, whose last known address was 730 W. Main St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary and admitted violating probation. He admitted that he tried to enter the Columbia Street residence of Muranda Johnson with the intent of stealing something Jan. 3. At the time, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in March 2012 in County Court for a conviction of third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crime. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 18 to two to four years in prison. Judge Martusewicz will mandate that he serve his sentence in the Willard program.

Phillip A. Mono, 35, whose last known address was 309 Moulton St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell heroin May 15 within the county. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 25 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Keva L. Shenk, 23, whose last known address was 629 Lillian St., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to sell heroin March 21 in Watertown. She is expected to be sentenced Nov. 1 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Randi T. Carter-Montez, 27, whose last known address was 845 Starbuck Ave., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She admitted that on Aug. 8 in Watertown, with another person, she possessed a 2005 Dodge Caravan that had been stolen from Hope House Ministries in Suffolk County. She is expected to be sentenced Nov. 8 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Thomas M. Rosen Jr., 26, of 552 Mill St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess morphine with the intent to sell the drug Jan. 30 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 19 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

David R. O’Connor, 52, of 25808 Loop Road, Carthage, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor, reckless driving and speeding. He admitted that he recklessly drove an all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated July 27 on Ridge Road in the town of Wilna. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 18 to a one-year conditional discharge and be ordered to complete the Bridge program. He also will be fined a total of $2,300, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Kevin M. Atkins, 50, of 141 Church St., Carthage, pleaded guilty to felony DWI and resisting arrest. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Feb. 3 on Riverside Drive in Carthage and that he refused to allow officers to place him in handcuffs. The charge was a felony because he was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in October 2009. Sentencing was set for Nov. 19.

Bill H. Bailey, 42, Watertown, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. He admitted that he stole gas from a Watertown garage May 14. He was sentenced to time served at the PSB and ordered to pay $40 in restitution.

Taylor J. Ballou, 22, of 22639 County Route 42, Carthage, pleaded guilty to false personation and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. He admitted that during a Dec. 25 traffic stop in Carthage he was drinking alcohol in a vehicle and gave police someone else’s identification. He was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge.

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