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Watertown man faces up to six years in prison for construction site burglaries

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A Watertown man faces up to six years in state prison after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he participated in burglaries at two town of Watertown construction sites.

Ryan P. Clement, 27, whose last known address was 196 Stone St., pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary and admitted that he violated his Drug Court contract. He admitted that on Sept. 28, with others, he entered a construction site on Summit Drive and stole items. He further admitted that on either Sept. 25 or Sept. 26 he entered a trailer owned by Purcell Construction Co., Watertown, with the intent to steal something.

At the time, he was participating in Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration. He was referred to the program in January 2012 after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property for having a stolen construction trailer and its contents. He admitted violating Drug Court by being convicted of the new crimes.

He subsequently was sentenced Wednesday to concurrent three- to six-year terms in prison for both the burglary and possession of stolen property convictions. He also was ordered to pay $16,087 in restitution.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that he serve his sentence on the burglary charges in the prison system’s Willard Drug Rehabilitation Program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision. However, the judge did not mandate nor recommend that he serve his sentence for the possession of stolen property convictions in the program, leaving it to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to make that determination.

Aaron A. Netto, 36, Watertown, pleaded guilty Sept. 30 to four counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, attempted tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy, all misdemeanors, in connection with the burglaries and is expected to be sentenced Nov. 22 to three years’ probation and be ordered to pay $1,600 in restitution. He also was ordered to resign his position as a state corrections officer. Jedadiah D. Romeo, 31, Watertown, pleaded guilty Feb. 19 to third-degree burglary in connection with the stolen goods. He was sentenced April 19 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. He was ordered to pay $17,556 in restitution.

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