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Clayton man referred to Drug Court for burglaries

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A Clayton man was referred to Jefferson County Drug Court after admitting Thursday in County Court that he committed two burglaries in the village.

Dakota J. Peters, 18, address not available, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary. He admitted that on Aug. 27 he entered the Clayton Country Club, 111 State St., with the intention of stealing something and that he entered the Clayton residence of James Moore on Sept. 1, again with the intent of stealing something.

If Mr. Peters is successful in Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, he will be sentenced to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay an undetermined amount of restitution. If he is unsuccessful, he faces a state prison sentence of two to six years, along with restitution.

In other court activity, Elliott A. Mason, 28, Watertown, was arraigned on counts 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 heroin within the county Aug. 19. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $20,000 bail. Mr. Elliott is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in County Court in April 2012 to 18 months in prison for an attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction, stemming from an incident involving cocaine in August 2011. He was released from prison under parole supervision Nov. 15, 2012, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In Jefferson County Court on Monday:

Kevin J. Conroy, 22, of 22493 Colonial Manor Road, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and second-degree criminal trespass. He admitted that on Dec. 14 he entered the William Street residence of Daytona Conroy without permission and struck Claude Loomis several times, breaking multiple bones in Mr. Loomis’s face. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 23 to no worse than time served at the PSB and five years’ probation, as well as be ordered to pay $4,616 in restitution.

Norman W. Bachtler, 48, of 1030 Arsenal St., pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated April 31 on Route 3 in the town of Hounsfield while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 20 to five years’ probation, be fined $2,500, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Tyler G. Grill, 27, of 618 Hancock St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that on Aug. 1 on Mill Street he intentionally damaged a 2009 Mitsubishi belonging to Jennifer A. Bell. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 10 to three years’ probation.

Santina D. Lanning, 29, of 110 Stuart St., pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI as a misdemeanor. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated July 20 on Starbuck Avenue. She is expected to be sentenced Jan. 10 to three years’ probation, be fined, have her driver’s license revoked and be subject to the interlock provision.

Thomas P. Kent, 27, and Roseann T. Kent, 32, Fort Stewart, Ga., formerly of Fort Drum, both pleaded guilty by mail to first-degree attempted offering a false instrument for filing. They were charged in an indictment handed up in April with receiving more than $10,000 in food stamp benefits to which they were not entitled from the Department of Social Services by filing false information from May 2010 to September 2011. They subsequently were sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, after paying a total of $9,672 in restitution. A civil judgment for $4,007 in remaining restitution also was entered against them.

McAuthur Latulas, 27, Watertown, was arraigned on counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine within the county in mid-July. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and ordered held at the PSB on $20,000 bail.

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