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Watertown man faces return to prison for burglary try


An ex-convict from Watertown faces a return to state prison for two years after pleading guilty Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to three new charges.

Michael L. Merrifield, 42, no fixed address, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and bribing a witness. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in April with entering the Bronson Street residence of April L. and Shawn M. Secor and threatening Mrs. Secor with a knife Nov. 13. It further was claimed that on March 19 he gave Mrs. Secor an unspecified benefit with the understanding that she would not appear to testify before a grand jury investigating the matter.

In addition to the prison term, Mr. Merrifield is expected to be ordered at his Dec. 9 sentencing to undergo an additional three years of supervision upon his release. According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, Mr. Merrifield was sentenced in Broome County in August 1990 to a prison term for second-degree robbery, and was released on parole in March 1993. He was convicted again of second-degree robbery in February 1994 in Jefferson County Court, and was sentenced as a second felony offender to up to eight years. With four different parole releases, he was in and out of prison until concluding his maximum term in October 2007. In the meantime, during one of his parole periods, he was convicted of third-degree assault in 2002 in Jefferson County Court.

In other court activity:

Drew M. Schroy, 18, formerly of Watertown, now an inmate at Ulster Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that, with another, he tried to possess heroin with the intent to sell the drug within the county May 13 and that on the same day, he did sell the drug.

He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 6 to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision. The sentence will run concurrently with a sentence he is serving from Bronx County for a conspiracy conviction. Additional information about that sentence was not available from the court or the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

Angelo A. Ramos, 33, Riverhead, Suffolk County, pleaded guilty to third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He admitted that, with another person, he possessed a 2005 Dodge Caravan that had been stolen from Hope House Ministries in Suffolk County. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 17 to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Anthony J. Sparks, 25, Watertown, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender after an Aug. 28 guilty plea to possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child. He admitted that he possessed images of children engaged in sexual conduct March 19 in the town of Watertown.

Michael A. Permillion II, 23, whose last known address was 833 LeRay St., was allowed to withdraw a March 25 guilty plea to second-degree attempted burglary, a felony, and was allowed to enter a plea to second-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. At the time of his plea, he admitted that on Aug. 22, 2012, with another man, he entered a Boyd Street residence without permission with the intent to steal something. His sentencing was deferred while he participated in a substance abuse rehabilitation program and, upon successful completion, he was allowed to withdraw the felony plea. He subsequently was sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation.

Jacob S. Bohn, 24, whose last known address was 24708 Route 3, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to complete the Bridge program after an Aug. 26 guilty plea to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. He admitted he drove while intoxicated Oct. 25 on Eastern Boulevard. He also was fined $1,500, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Kevin L. Lyon, 28, whose last known address was 645 Olive St., was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $2,098 in restitution after an Aug. 6 guilty plea to misuse of food stamps. He admitted that from Nov. 1, 2011, to Oct. 31, he received food stamps from the Department of Social Services while failing to report income from a job.

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