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Brooklyn man sent to prison for trying to possess cocaine


A Brooklyn man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to two years in state prison for trying to possess cocaine.

Solomon O. Clarke, 20, was also ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release. He pleaded guilty Feb. 3 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, admitting that he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Oct. 31 in the town of LeRay.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted April 15 in County Court of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.

In other court activity:

Rose M. MacCue, 73, Carthage, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay about $175,000 in restitution after pleading guilty Jan. 17 to second-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal tax fraud. She admitted that from March 1, 2004, to Dec. 20, 2010, she evaded tax law by failing to report revenue from her business, the Golden Unicorn in Felts Mills, and failing to pay taxes on the revenue. All but $6,000 in restitution was ordered to be paid in the form of a civil judgment.

Jami R. Smith, 39, of 657 Olive St., was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $1,500 after pleading guilty Jan. 21 to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted driving while intoxicated Oct. 30 on Academy Street while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked. The charge was a felony because he had been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in County Court in October 2010. He also had his driver’s license revoked Friday and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Victor B. Leponto, 33, of 312 Gale St., was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to perform 160 hours of community service after pleading guilty Jan. 22 to third-degree assault and third-degree reckless endangerment. He admitted that on Aug. 11 he backed up his vehicle while Autumn J. Neff, Watertown, was standing near a passenger door holding a 1-week-old boy, causing both of them to fall to the ground, during a domestic dispute at her home. The child suffered bruising.

Margo L. Lowe, 33, whose last known address was 223 State St., Apt. 8, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that on April 23 she tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell or give away the drug in Watertown. She was subsequently sentenced to about a year’s time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Luke P. Percy, 20, whose last known address was in Adams Center, admitted violating probation by failing to follow through with treatment recommendations and by missing required appointments with his probation officer. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court. He was subsequently resentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and restored to probation.

Michael J. Hubbard Sr., 48, of 232 W. Main St., Apt. 48, admitted violating probation by not paying full restitution while under probation supervision. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $4,349 in restitution in April 2009 after being convicted of third-degree burglary. He admitted violating supervision by paying only $520 in restitution in the five-year period. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz discharged him from probation Friday and ordered to him to pay the remaining restitution of $3,829 in the form of a civil judgment.

Allison M. Kearney, 26, of 282 E. Main St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and misuse of food stamps. She admitted that between June 1, 2012, and April 30 in Watertown she tried to receive food stamp benefits to which she was not entitled by providing the Department of Social Services false information about her income. Sentencing was set for May 9.

Kevin L. Davis, 47, of 45602 Taylor Road, Alexandria Bay, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt and petit larceny. He admitted that he violated a Family Court order of protection held by his estranged wife by entering her vehicle without permission Aug. 28 in the town of Clayton. He also admitted that he used her debit card to obtain money, also without her permission. He has paid an unspecified amount of restitution up front and is expected to be sentenced May 9 to no more than probation.

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