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Watertown man sentenced to up to 7 years in prison for burglary


A Watertown man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to up to seven years in state prison for a 2012 burglary on Gotham Street.

Scott E. Miner, 32, whose last known address was 819 Bronson St., pleaded guilty in August 2012 to second-degree attempted burglary. He was accused of breaking into 604 Gotham St. and stealing clothing, electronics, kitchen appliances and two television sets.

As part of a negotiated agreement that will allow him to receive programming while in prison, his original plea was vacated Friday and he was allowed to plead guilty to third-degree burglary. He subsequently was sentenced to 3 to 7 years in prison.

In other court activity:

Steven L. Pacheco, 24, whose last known address was 22917 Plaza Drive, Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary as a result of one incident and third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance stemming from a separate incident.

He admitted that he tried to enter a Rutland residence Sept. 26 with the intent to steal something. He also admitted that the following day he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug. In addition to one year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on the attempted burglary charge, he is expected to be sentenced March 10 to five years’ probation on the drug possession count.

Rhonda J. Thomas, 33, of 1005 Bronson St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and admitted violating probation. She was charged Sept. 16 and accused of possessing a black 9mm High Point semiautomatic handgun with an ammunition magazine in her home. At the time, she was serving five years’ probation imposed in August for third-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance. She violated probation by being charged with the new crime. She is expected to be sentenced May 9 to one year’s time served at the PSB.

Deborah L. Morgan, 50, of 39131 Route 3, Carthage, was sentenced to five years’ probation and was ordered to pay $2,338 in restitution after pleading guilty Nov. 4 to third-degree criminal mischief. She admitted that she intentionally damaged a Chevrolet Trailblazer on May 6 in West Carthage.

Amanda A. Cheal, 23, of 11887 Route 12E, Chaumont, was sentenced to five years’ probation and was fined $500 after pleading guilty Nov. 8 to fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired by drugs. She admitted that on Sept. 1 in the town of Brownville, she drove while under the influence of drugs and possessed a controlled substance with the intent to sell it or give it to someone.

Tyler G. Grill, 27, of 618 Hancock St., was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty Nov. 4 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.

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