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Watertown man sentenced to probation for setting fire to truck

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A Watertown man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to five years’ probation for setting another man’s vehicle on fire in June.

Donnie L. Barrigar, 30, no fixed address, also was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution after an Oct. 18 guilty plea to third-degree arson. He had been charged in June with pouring an accelerant onto the front seat of a pickup truck owned by Andrew T. Martin and lighting it on fire on Hancock Street.

In other court activity:

James R. Alexander, 34, Rochester, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after Oct. 9 guilty pleas to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

He admitted he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Feb. 18 in Watertown. He further admitted that on the same day, he pulled away from officers who were trying to arrest him and that he refused to place his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed. He was arrested outside a State Street bar after officers said he was seen urinating in public. His probation supervision will be transferred to Monroe County.

Kevin B. Cruz, 19, Bronx, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug Nov. 14 after the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force executed a search warrant 1107 Academy St.

He is expected to be sentenced Feb. 14 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

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