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Sackets Harbor man sentenced to prison for DWI convictions

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A Sackets Harbor man was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison for a felony aggravated driving while intoxicated conviction that occurred while he was under supervision for a prior felony DWI conviction.

Benjamin F. Olshfski, 47, was sentenced to 113 to 4 years in prison after Nov. 25 guilty pleas to felony DWI, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a violation of the ignition interlock provision. He also admitted violating terms of an earlier conditional discharge.

He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Sept. 22 on Interstate 81 in the town of Pamelia while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. The charge was a felony because he was convicted of felony DWI in County Court in 2011 and sentenced to a conditional discharge, with orders to complete the Bridge program. He admitted violating terms of the Bridge program by being charged with the new crimes.

In addition to the prison term, he was fined $3,000, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an interlock ignition device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

In other court activity:

Robert C. Copestick II, 46, Watertown, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after a Nov. 20 guilty plea to second-degree bail jumping and an admission that he violated terms of Drug Court. He was referred to the substance abuse treatment program that is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration in April 2010 after pleading guilty to felony DWI. He admitted violating the program by absconding from its supervision in April 2011 and by continuing to use alcohol. He also admitted to jumping bail by absconding from the program.

Stuart C. Chambers Jr., 34, whose last known address was 1013 Salina St., was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by an additional two years of supervision upon his release, after a Nov. 22 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug June 5 in Watertown.

Matthew V. Belcher, 25, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine June 6 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Feb. 14 to 2 years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

William J. Almond, 17, of 807 Arsenal St., pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that on June 15 he tried to enter a Cedar Street residence with the intent of stealing something. He is expected to be sentenced June 27 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, followed by five years’ probation. He also will be ordered to pay $3,500 in restitution.

Edward J. Blake III, 30, of 222 E. Main St., Lower Apt., pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated a Family Court order of protection held by Michelle L. Leone by having unwanted physical contact with her June 18 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced March 10 to three years’ probation.

Zachary R. Chestnutt, 22, of 10612 5th Armored Division Drive, Apt. 118, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that, with another person, he intentionally damaged a vehicle belonging to Malayna L. Love on Aug. 31 on Salina Street.

Ephraim J. Morales Jr., 26, of 629 Bradley St., pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated a City Court order of protection held by his estranged wife, Nakeasha, by entering her Burns Avenue apartment without her permission Dec. 21. He is due to be sentenced March 11 to no worse than probation supervision.

Joseph I. Livingston, 43, of 259 County Route 6, Hammond, pleaded guilty to felony DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was charged with DWI Sept. 18 on Walton Street in Alexandria Bay. Following his plea, he was referred to Drug Court.

If he successfully completes the program, the unlicensed operation conviction will be dismissed and the felony DWI conviction will be reduced to a lower-level felony DWI conviction. He then would be sentenced to five years’ probation, be fined $1,000, have his driver’s license revoked and be subject to the ignition interlock provision. If he is unsuccessful, he faces a prison sentence of 113 to 4 years, a $3,500 fine, license revocation and subjection to the interlock provision.

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