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Cape Vincent man referred to Drug Court for multiple offenses

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A Cape Vincent man was referred to Jefferson County Drug Court after pleading guilty Thursday in County Court to four charges stemming from three separate incidents.

Thomas E. Moran, 49, of 4582 Bach Lane, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, boating while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He admitted that he drove with a blood alcohol content above 0.18 percent on June 2 on Interstate 81 in the town of Ellisburg while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. A BAC of 0.08 percent or above is considered proof of intoxication under state law, while aggravated DWI is charged when a motorist’s BAC is 0.18 percent or above. Sheriff’s deputies reported at the time that Mr. Moran’s BAC was 0.27 percent after his vehicle was halted for allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run accident in Oswego County. He further admitted that he boated Aug. 6 in the town of Alexandria with a BAC of 0.31 percent and that he unlawfully possessed a loaded .38-caliber revolver Oct. 26 in the town of Cape Vincent.

If he successfully completes Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, his felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation charges will be reduced to misdemeanors. He then would be sentenced on the DWI count to five years’ probation, be fined $1,000, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock on any vehicle he owns or operates. He would be sentenced to concurrent three-year terms of probation for the weapon and unlicensed operation convictions and be fine $500 for the boating incident.

If he is not successful, he faces a state prison sentence of 113to 4 years on the felony DWI count, a fine of $3,500 and license revocation and he will be subject to the interlock provision. He would be sentenced to a concurrent one- to three-year prison term on the unlicensed operation count and a concurrent year in prison for the weapon count. He would be fined $1,000 for the intoxicated boating matter.

In court activity Thursday, Jeremiah L. Williams, 37, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in May with selling cocaine in March in Watertown.

He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 22 to three years in state prison, followed by an additional three years of supervision upon his release. Mr. Williams previously has been sentenced to state prison at least three times, most recently in April 2007.

He was sentenced in that instance in County Court to two to four years in prison after a January 2007 guilty plea to second-degree unlawful surveillance for secretly taking hundreds of pictures up women’s skirts at various area stores.

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