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Watertown man pleads guilty to attempted cocaine sale, false fire report


A Watertown man faces two years in state prison after admitting Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to sell cocaine within the county.

McAuthur Latulas, 28, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance as the result of one incident and second-degree attempted falsely reporting an incident as a result of a second incident.

Mr. Latulas admitted that he tried to sell cocaine July 15. He also admitted that on Sept. 27 he reported a fire on North Indiana Avenue while knowing there was no fire. In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be ordered at his June 18 sentencing to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release.

In other court activity:

Zebediah C. Harris, 20, of 31285 Gardnerville Road, Evans Mills, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on Jan. 17, 2013, he entered the town of Antwerp residence of Breanna Morgia with the intent to steal something. Police said at the time of his arrest that jewelry was stolen from the home. He is expected to be sentenced May 9 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay up to $2,200 in restitution.

Fanci N. Copley, 35, of 632 Adelaide St., Carthage, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and second-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated Jan. 6 on North James Street in Carthage while her driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. The charge was a felony because she had been convicted of DWI in County Court in August 2009.

She is due to be sentenced May 23. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz said that if she successfully completes a substance abuse rehabilitation program, she will tentatively be sentenced to at least a fine, have her driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she owns or operates. If she is unsuccessful in treatment, she could face a prison sentence of 113 to 4 years.

Stephen Clemons, 52, of 934 Academy St., Apt. 4, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that on Oct. 9 in Watertown he violated an order of protection held by Sherry L. Clemons by having a physical confrontation with her. He is expected to be sentenced May 7 to three years’ probation.

Nicholas M. Countryman, 18, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to 10 months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served. He admitted violating probation by failing to follow through with treatment recommendations. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

Samantha B. Adams, 23, whose last known address was 358 W. Lynde St., Apt. B, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty Jan. 21 to second-degree criminal contempt. She admitted that she violated an order of protection held by Daniel Bryant by having unwanted physical contact with him Nov. 17 in Watertown.

Angelo L. Lopez, 51, whose last known address was 24098 Route 12, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty Jan. 21 to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Susan Weinbrecht on Oct. 15 in the town of Watertown.

Ephraim J. Morales Jr., 26, whose last known address was 629 Bradley St., was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty Jan. 9 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.

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