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Adams man sentenced to up to 6 years in prison for Drug Court violation


An Adams man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to up to six years in state prison after it was determined that he violated terms of his Drug Court contract.

Warren C. Spies, 30, was sentenced to three to six years in prison for failing to complete the substance abuse rehabilitation program that is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration. He was referred to the program in July 2012 after pleading guilty to third-degree grand larceny, admitting he stole more than $3,000 worth of jewelry from a relative in the town of Watertown sometime in 2011.

Information about what led to the Drug Court violation was not available from the court. He was sentenced Tuesday as a second felony offender, having been convicted of felony driving while intoxicated in County Court in 2005. He also was ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment.

In other court activity:

Joshua S. Alexander, 30, Copenhagen, was sentenced to 113 to 4 years in prison after admitting violating Drug Court and pleading guilty to second-degree bail jumping Dec. 19. He was referred to Drug Court in November 2012 after pleading guilty to felony DWI, admitting that he drove while intoxicated in September 2012 on Route 177 in the town of Adams. He also was fined $3,500, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. His sentence will run concurrently with a 1- to 4-year sentence imposed Friday in Lewis County Court, also for second-degree bail jumping and felony DWI, having been accused of driving while intoxicated in September 2012 on Route 3 in the town of Diana. He also was fined $2,000 in that matter.

Billy J. Beach Jr., 22, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to 300 days in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in September 2012 after pleading guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, having been accused in April 2012, along with others, of stealing construction equipment from a storage building belonging to Lunco Inc. on Summit Drive in the town of Watertown. Information about what led to the probation violation was not available from the court.

Jacob R. Stone, 29, Theresa, admitted he violated probation and was resentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in August 2011 after pleading guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest, admitting that he had cocaine in April 2011 in the town of LeRay and that he struggled with a police officer who was trying to arrest him for it. Information about what led to the probation violation was not available from the court.

Rebecca S. Keegan, 28, Pierrepont Manor, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. She was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in September with stealing more than $3,000 from Beverly Wilson between May and August 2012 in the town of Ellisburg and with possessing a debit card stolen from Ms. Wilson and using it to obtain money or merchandise valued in excess of $2,000. She is expected to be sentenced March 12 to five years’ probation.

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