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Two men sentenced to prison for violating Jefferson County Drug Court

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Two men were sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to terms in state prison for violating conditions of their Drug Court contracts.

Robert L. Bell II, 25, Watertown, was sentenced to three to six years in prison for a Nov. 20 admission that he violated Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration. He was also ordered to pay $800 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment.

He was referred to the program in May 2012 for guilty pleas to third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief, having admitted that in January 2012 he entered a warehouse on Van Duzee Street with the intent to commit a crime and that he damaged a door to gain entry. Information about what led to the Drug Court violation was not available from the court. Mr. Bell was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in August 2009 of three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and sentenced in November 2009 to five years’ probation.

Joseph M. Cimineri, 25, Evans Mills, was sentenced to 2 to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay $3,581 in restitution for an admission Thursday that he violated the program. Information about what led to the violation was not available. Mr. Cimineri was referred to the program July 11 for a guilty plea to second-degree criminal mischief. He had been charged with damaging a vehicle owned by Bernice Clark by kicking and punching it Feb. 15 in the town of LeRay.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted of second-degree identity theft in County Court in 2010 for using another man’s credit card. He was sentenced to five years’ probation in that matter.

Also Thursday, Michael J. Ruttan, 35, Watertown, successfully completed Drug Court, to which he had been referred in November 2012 for a felony driving while intoxicated conviction. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated in August 2012 on South Meadow Street. The charge was a felony because he had been charged three times previously with DWI, with the most recent charge, lodged Nov. 8, 2008, resulting in a felony DWI conviction.

For completing Drug Court, his November 2012 conviction was vacated and he was allowed to enter a guilty plea to a lower level felony DWI count. He was subsequently sentenced to five years’ probation, fined $1,000, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

In court activity Wednesday:

Devontae T. Batson, 20, Watertown, was sentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after an Oct. 9 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted trying to possess heroin with the intent to sell the drug Aug. 21 in Watertown.

In other court activity, Jason C. Gould, 37, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to 10 months in the PSB. He was serving a five-year term of probation imposed in August 2009 after a June 2009 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny. In that instance, he admitted he stole more than $1,000 between June and December 2008 from the Mercer’s store in Adams, where he was employed.

Information about what led to the probation violation was not available from the court. In addition to jail time, he was ordered to pay $9,285 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment.

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