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Carthage man sentenced to 3 years in prison for drug sale attempt

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A Carthage man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to 3 years in state prison for trying to sell cocaine.

Vincent H. Brown, 44, also known as Vincent H. Brown-McKnight, was also ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release from prison after pleading guilty Jan. 17 to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in October with selling the drug in mid-July.

Mr. Brown was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in County Court in 2004.

In other court activity:

Joshua W. Carlisle, 30, Watertown, was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by two years of post-release supervision, after pleading guilty Jan. 22 to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell heroin within the county Sept. 5. He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in 2010 of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Shaun M. Bohn, 23, Watertown, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty Jan. 31 to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that on Dec. 9 he tried to enter the apartment of a neighbor, Stephen Byers, with the intent to steal something. Police said at the time of his arrest that several household items were taken. Mr. Bohn was sentenced as a second-felony offender. He is already on parole, having been sentenced in County Court in August 2012 to three years in prison for violating probation imposed for a third-degree burglary conviction. He was released from prison under parole supervision March 28, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

Ambrose C. Barnes, 25, was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision, after pleading guilty Jan. 24 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Nov. 18 in Watertown. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that he serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. If he completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision. He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in 2009 of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Anthony M. Cusson, 25, Watertown, was sentenced to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after earlier pleading guilty to first-degree falsifying business records and third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in September with possessing heroin at a Watertown motel with the intent to sell the drug. It was further alleged that he identified himself to police as Kyle Lolar and signed a fingerprint card and a court receipt using the false name.

Steven L. Pacheco, 24, Watertown, was sentenced to a year in the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Jan. 10 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.

Edward J. Blake III, 30, Watertown, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty Jan. 9 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.

Shawn M. Switzer Sr., Adams, 42, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and paid $500 up-front after pleading guilty Nov. 25 to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny. He admitted that on June 24 in the town of Adams he illegally possessed a shotgun and that sometime in June he illegally acquired property belonging to someone else.

Arthur J. Languedoc III, 27, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass. He admitted that on Aug. 9, with Ty L. Graham, 24, Fort Drum, he entered a storage facility at Truax Storage Units, 16435 Route 3, town of Hounsfield. Mr. Languedoc was subsequently sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay $215 in restitution.

Mr. Graham pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, admitting he broke into the storage facility with Mr. Languedoc, and also pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, admitting that on Aug. 31 in Cape Vincent he possessed a vehicle that he knew had been stolen. He is expected to be sentenced May 9 to a year in the PSB and be ordered to pay up to $5,900 in restitution.

Krysten Moore, 29, Watertown, pleaded guilty to first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She admitted that in February 2012 she provided false information to the Department of Social Services to obtain benefits to which she was not entitled. She is expected to be sentenced April 2 to no worse than a year in the PSB and be ordered to pay $3,554 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment.

Osuel Romero, 44, Watertown, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine in early October and again later in the month. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail.

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