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Massena man sentenced to prison for probation violation

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CANTON — A Massena man was sentenced Monday in St. Lawrence County Court to three to nine years in prison for violating his probation sentence.

Richard H. Martin III, 27, of 9851 Route 56, Lot 4, was placed on one year of interim probation in a plea deal after being charged with third-degree burglary in the November 2012 theft of a revolver from the Todd Road home of Garrison T. Barcomb, and fourth-degree grand larceny in the Nov. 14, 2012, theft of a debit card, more than $200 in cash and a pair of athletic shoes.

As part of the deal with the St. Lawrence County district attorney’s office, Mr. Martin was ordered to complete chemical dependency treatment in order to receive a sentence of probation. On Dec. 13, he was returned to County Court on a warrant after he failed to complete treatment.

Sheriff’s deputies also allegedly found 6.5 grams of marijuana packaged for sale in his possession Dec. 4 when they arrested him.

In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. Martin was ordered to pay a total of $750 in court fines, fees and surcharges and $375 in restitution.

In other court action Monday:

Jamar K. Richey, 33, Utica, was sentenced to five years in prison after his Dec. 9 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

On July 10, 2012, in Ogdensburg, Mr. Richey was found in possession of cocaine with the intent to sell it.

He previously was convicted of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Sept. 25, 2003, in Oneida County Court.

In addition to his prison sentence, he was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $375 in fines, fees and surcharges.

Bernard W. Phillips II, 39, of 33D Grantville Road, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Mr. Phillips had a 0.20 percent blood alcohol content while driving Aug. 27 on Route 56 in the town of Norfolk. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more constitutes proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

He was previously convicted of misdemeanor DWI on July 21, 2010, in Norfolk Town Court.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 7.

Vincent A. Pratt, 50, of 715 Lake St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

Police reported finding several guns in his home during execution of a search warrant on Oct. 3, 2012. As a convicted felon, Mr. Pratt is not allowed to possess firearms.

On Oct. 22, 2012, Mr. Pratt was accused of selling Suboxone in the city.

The plea deal satisfies an indictment containing five felony weapons charges as well as misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing pending in Ogdensburg City Court. He will be placed under one year of interim probation on each count at his April 7 sentencing.

Marcel G. Altenfelder, 49, of 25 Avery St., Alexandria Bay, was sentenced to five years’ probation after his Nov. 26 guilty plea to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Mr. Altenfelder sold cocaine Jan. 23 to another person in St. Lawrence County.

In addition to his probationary sentence, which was transferred to Jefferson County, he was ordered to pay $375 in fines, fees and surcharges and $325 in restitution.

Tehya L. Wensauer, 35, of Greene, was placed on one year of interim probation after her Nov. 25 guilty plea to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Ms. Wensauer was arrested Oct. 26, 2012, in the town of Morristown with Katsitsia Smoke, 20, of 15 Cree Road, Hogansburg, after police found them in possession of 17 pounds of marijuana.

If Ms. Wensauer successfully completes interim probation, she will have the opportunity to plead down to a misdemeanor marijuana charge. Sentencing was adjourned to Jan. 12.

Cory A. Brown, 34, of 933 LeRay St., Watertown, pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI.

Mr. Brown allegedly had a 0.24 percent BAC while driving Aug. 17 on Route 37 in the town of Waddington.

He was previously convicted of misdemeanor DWI on Feb. 7, 2007, in Potsdam Town Court and again on Feb. 16, 2012, in Jefferson County Court.

Judge Richards tentatively adjourned sentencing to June 30, depending upon Mr. Brown’s completion of treatment in North Country Freedom Home.

Tami S. Skeldon, 42, of 16 Hillcrest Drive, Star Lake, pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI.

Ms. Skeldon had a 0.10 percent BAC while driving June 20 on County Route 60 in the town of Clifton with a 13-year-old passenger.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 7.

Zachary C. Racine, 27, Plattsburgh, was placed on one year of interim probation after pleading guilty Nov. 26 to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Mr. Racine possessed heroin with intent to sell the drug Dec. 11 in the village of Canton.

Judge Richards adjourned sentencing to Jan. 12 and transferred probation supervision to Clinton County.

In court action Friday:

Terry L. Sweeney, 43, of 1041 Old Potsdam-Parishville Road, Potsdam, was sentenced to five days in St. Lawrence County jail and five years’ probation after his Dec. 9 guilty plea to felony aggravated DWI.

On Feb. 23, Mr. Sweeney was operating a 2008 Dodge with a BAC of 0.22 percent on Depot Street, Potsdam.

A DWI charge is a felony when there is a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years. Mr. Sweeney has a DWI conviction from July 15, 2009, in Potsdam.

In addition to his jail and probation sentence, Mr. Sweeney was ordered to pay fines, fees and surcharges totaling $2,070.

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