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Syracuse Man gets prison for crack and Ecstasy possession

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CANTON — A Syracuse man was sentenced to prison Monday in St. Lawrence County Court for selling crack and Ecstasy in Ogdensburg.

Fernando D. “Free” Johnson, 37, was sentenced to six years in prison after his Jan. 14 guilty plea to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as a second felony offender.

On March 12, 2013, Mr. Johnson was arrested along with Jessica L. Thomas, 30, of 322 King St., Ogdensburg, and Eric L. Peets, 27, same address, by the Ogdensburg Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit and St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force.

Mr. Johnson was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and Ecstasy, with intent to sell the drugs, during the raid.

Attorney Bradford C. Riendeau, who represents Mr. Johnson, said his client had a serious drug problem and asked Judge Richards to consider recommending treatment for Mr. Johnson while incarcerated. Judge Richards, citing his lengthy record, denied the request.

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

In other court action Monday:

Shawn A. Monaghan, 30, of 34 Maple St., Massena, was sentenced to 4 years in prison after his Jan. 22 guilty plea to felony third-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance as a second felony offender.

On Sept. 4, in the village of Massena, Mr. Monaghan sold cocaine to another person.

In addition to his prison sentence, he was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision and was ordered to pay $80 in restitution and $50 in court fees.

Joshua A. Henderson, 25, of 68 E. Orvis St., Apt. D, Massena, was sentenced to one year time served in St. Lawrence County jail after his Jan. 31 Alford plea to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, reducing his original charge of felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

In an Alford Plea, a defendant does not admit the act, but pleads guilty to avoid conviction of a more serious offense at trial.

Mr. Henderson said he did not have the intention of using a blade that was discovered under the seat of his vehicle when he was stopped by Massena police June 26 on a warrant from Potsdam village police.

He also was ordered to pay $250 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Scott A. Bell, 24, of 18 South St., Gouverneur, was sentenced to one to four years in prison after his Jan. 29 guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny as a second felony offender.

On May 9, 2011, Mr. Bell was convicted of third-degree rape and second-degree attempted burglary.

In court Monday, Judge Richards said Mr. Bell stole $26,000 from a victim who submitted an impact statement. Judge Richards did not state the victim’s name.

“She said she was disabled and was going to use that money to fix and heat her house,” Judge Richards said.

In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. Bell was ordered to pay $26,120 in restitution and $375 in fines, fees and surcharges.

Amber L. Lottie, also known as Amber L. Sanderson, 25, of 3095 County Route 17, DeKalb, was sentenced to 120 days in St. Lawrence County jail after she failed to comply with her probation sentence.

Ms. Lottie was resentenced to probation Jan. 14 for felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after admitting to violating her previous sentence. She additionally was sentenced to four months’ worth of time in the St. Lawrence County jail. On March 7, she failed to show up for her weekend sentence.

In addition to her jail sentence, Ms. Lottie will have to continue her previously imposed probation sentence.

Kyle W. Streeter, 20, of 20 Loafers Bluff Drive, Ogdensburg, was placed on one year of interim probation after his Jan. 21 guilty plea to felony second-degree criminal mischief.

Mr. Streeter was involved in a Dec. 26, 2012, vandalism in Lisbon that caused more than $1,500 in damage to a vehicle belonging to Cynthia Major, including three punctured tires, a broken rear windshield and two smashed windows.

Sentencing was adjourned to March 2 and Mr. Streeter additionally was ordered to pay $4,294.44 in restitution and fines, fees and surcharges totaling $429.44.

Kathleen M. Morgan, 29, of 2 Elizabeth Ave., Massena, was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail after being picked up on a warrant for violation of probation.

On Jan. 6, Ms. Morgan was placed on five years’ probation for second-degree attempted burglary. On Feb. 1 she was arrested by state police and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property after allegedly stealing jewelry from Julie Stewart and selling it for $150.

Additionally, Judge Richards said, she failed to make payments on her $4,515.60 restitution.

Joshua A. Pitts, 29, of 7 Pink Schoolhouse Road, Pyrites, was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail after being picked up on a warrant for violating his probation.

Judge Richards did not elaborate on the nature of the violations and adjourned the matter to April 1 after a denial to violations was placed on record by St. Lawrence County Conflict Defender Amy L. Dona.

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