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Watertown man faces up to 3 years in prison for shoplifting


WATERTOWN — A city man faces up to three years in state prison after admitting Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he shoplifted more than $1,000 worth of goods from Walmart.

George J. Lewis, 33, whose last known address was 262 Moulton St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He admitted that he stole merchandise from the store at 20823 Route 3 on Jan. 3.

He is expected to be sentenced July 3 to 1-3 years in prison. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that he serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. If he completes the 90-day program, he will serve the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision.

In other court activity:

Leona R. Gregory, 42, of 21 Wardwell St., Apt. C., Adams, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. She admitted that she stole $7,164 from Jennifer Pamlin, also of Adams, between Nov. 7 and Dec. 8. State police said at the time of her arrest that she used Ms. Pamlin’s debit card without permission. She is expected to be sentenced June 4 to no worse than probation and be ordered to pay full restitution.

Chad M. Gaffney, 30, whose last known address was 24358 Route 12, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt.

He admitted that on Jan. 23 in the town of Watertown he violated an order of protection held by his wife, Whitney Gaffney, by having unwanted physical contact with her.

He subsequently was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. Mr. Gaffney still has about 17 months remaining under parole supervision, having been sentenced in November 2012 to 1-3 years in prison on a second-degree attempted assault charge after he assaulted Mrs. Gaffney at their residence in June 2012. He was released under parole supervision Jan. 8, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

Thomas E. Cowher Jr., 42, LaFargeville, admitted violating probation by continuing to use alcohol while under supervision and by being charged with driving while intoxicated Nov. 27 after being involved in an accident in the Onondaga County town of Geddes. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in March 2013 in Onondaga County Court for a third-degree burglary conviction. Sentencing was set for May 27.

Christopher P. Kubis, 32, Watertown, admitted violating probation by continuing to use heroin while under supervision. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in County Court in January 2011 for a third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction. Sentencing was deferred while he seeks inpatient substance abuse treatment.

William A. Oatman, 33, Adams Center, admitted violating probation by failing to complete a substance abuse rehabilitation program. He was subsequently sentenced to 90 days in the PSB. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in March 2009 for a felony DWI conviction.

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