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Hammond man sentenced to jail, probation for causing fatal crash

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A Hammond man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to jail time and probation supervision for causing an accident in October 2012 that killed a Redwood woman and injured her companion.

Mark C. Hujar, 47, of 3167 County Route 6, was sentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after Aug. 6 guilty pleas to criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault. He admitted that on Oct. 18, 2012, on Route 37 in the town of Theresa, he tried to pass several vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, in a no-passing zone, resulting in a head-on collision that killed Robin T. Broughan, 53, and injured the driver of the struck vehicle, Michael W. Homan, also of Redwood. Mr. Homan suffered multiple broken bones, an abdominal injury and a cut on his scalp in the crash.

“I would like to say to the family of Robin and Michael that I am now, and will truly remain forever, sorry,” Mr. Hujar said before sentence was pronounced by Judge Kim H. Martusewicz.

He also was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution. His probation supervision will be transferred to St. Lawrence County.

In other court activity:

Brandon L. Constance, 20, whose last known address was 24718 County Route 54, Dexter, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison and ordered to pay $13,587 in restitution after July 9 guilty pleas to third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that in March, he stole a 2005 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck owned by W.D. Bach Excavation & Consulting, Clayton, from a location in the town of Orleans and caused damage to the vehicle, which was found crashed and totaled on County Route 54.

His sentence will run concurrently with a one- to three-year prison sentence imposed in September 2011 for an admission that he violated probation. He was sentenced to five years’ probation in February 2011 after a guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. In that instance, he admitted that he stole a pickup truck from a Brown Road residence in the town of Brownville and then crashed it a few hours later on Route 12E near Butts Road, also in the town of Brownville. The vehicle was totaled.

Travis P. Berkman, 27, Clayton, was sentenced to a year in prison, followed by an additional year of supervision upon his release, after a Sept. 11 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and an admission that he violated probation. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine within the county March 28. At the time, he was serving three years’ probation imposed in June 2011 for a criminal-contempt conviction, having been accused of violating a woman’s order of protection by choking her. He admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crime.

Steven E. Buckingham, 41, whose last known address was 25399 Route 3, Lot 24, was sentenced to nine months in the PSB and ordered to pay $496 in restitution after an Aug. 26 guilty plea to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He admitted that in May he possessed a check belonging to Felice Moving & Storage, Murrock Circle, knowing that the signature of Rick Felice had been forged on it.

Judith A. Heise, 41, whose last known address was 321 High St., was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $5,168 in restitution after Aug. 26 guilty pleas to fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She admitted that she gave false information to the Jefferson County Department of Social Services to obtain food stamp benefits, to which she was not entitled, from September 2008 to February 2010.

Lisa M. Maldonado, 33, of 615 LeRay St., was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $4,200 in restitution after an Aug. 5 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny. She admitted stealing about $4,200 worth of property from another woman in March and April.

Tajemar M. Brandon, 17, whose last known address was 823 Academy St., was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served and restored to probation after a July 29 admission that he violated probation by being charged July 6 with second-degree criminal sale of marijuana and endangering the welfare of child. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

Edward Pascual, 22, Miami, Fla., pleaded guilty to third-degree identity theft and petit larceny. He admitted that on Aug. 10, 2012, he possessed a credit card stolen from Chris Wade and used it to make purchases at Walmart on Route 3 in the town of Watertown. He was sentenced to time served at the PSB and ordered to pay $502 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment.

Edgar L. Richardson II, 36, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that on May 26 he tried to possess materials used in making methamphetamine at a Bronson Street residence. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 25 to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

Shaymus B. Drake, 20, Carthage, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell heroin within the county May 13. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 10 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Rodney W. Waite Jr., 39, whose last known address was 33579 Broadwell Road, Theresa, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment and admitted violating probation. He admitted that on July 14 in the town of Theresa he caused the risk of serious injury or death to a woman by shooting a shotgun in the direction of a vehicle she occupied. At the time, he was serving three years’ probation imposed in November for a fourth-degree criminal mischief conviction. He admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crime. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 16 to a year in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Sondra M. Struckmeyer-Rider, 40, of 20083 Reasoner Road, town of Brownville, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child as a passenger. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated July 27 on Perch Lake Road in the town of Brownville with two children, ages 8 and 9, in the vehicle. She is expected to sentenced Dec. 10 to five years’ probation, be fined, have her driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she owns or operates.

Carriann Church, 31, of 757 Stonewood Drive, Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated DWI with a child as a passenger. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated May 31 in the town of Philadelphia with four passengers under age 16. She is expected to be sentenced Dec. 17 to a three-year conditional discharge and be ordered to complete the Bridge program. She also will be fined $2,000, have her driver’s license revoked and be subject to the interlock provision.

Jeffry C. McCreery, 37, of 39416 Route 126, Carthage, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell heroin within the county Jan. 23. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 11 to five years’ probation.

Stephen E. White, 48, of 19325 Route 11, Room 118, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief as a result of one incident and third-degree assault as a result of a second. He admitted that on May 24 he damaged a stove, refrigerator and other items at his former residence at 368 Franklin St., Apt. 4. He further admitted that on July 5 he caused injury to John W. Corbett by striking him in the arm with a 3-foot-tall fan. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 10 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay $4,350 in restitution for the damage to the Franklin Street apartment.

Michael K. Gaston, 22, formerly of Utica, but now an inmate at Elmira Correctional Facility, was arraigned on three 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 on two separate days in early June and again on a mid-June day.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held on $20,000 bail. He is serving a one-year prison sentence for violating probation imposed for a drug sale conviction.

Vincent H. Brown, 44, also known as Vincent H. Brown-McKnight, Carthage, was arraigned on an indictment unsealed in court containing two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine twice on the same mid-July day. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail. Mr. Brown is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in County Court in 2004 to four years in prison for a first-degree sexual abuse conviction.

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