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Watertown man sentenced to 3 years in prison for cocaine possession


WATERTOWN — A city man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to 3 years in state prison for trying to possess cocaine.

Antoine R. Wells, 35, also was ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release from prison after pleading guilty March 5 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Oct. 28 in Watertown.

He was charged after the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force raided his residence at 232 W. Main St., Apt. 41A. Investigators said at the time of his arrest that 50 grams of crack cocaine, packaged for sale in more than 100 baggies and with an estimated street value of $11,000, were seized.

Mr. Wells was sentenced as a second felony offender, having pleaded guilty in County Court in March 2012 to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, cocaine. He was sentenced in April 2012 to two years in prison in that matter. He was released to parole supervision in June, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In other court activity:

Andrew Inabinet, 52, an inmate at Livingston Correctional Facility, was sentenced to an additional 1 to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty Jan. 24 to first-degree attempted promotion of prison contraband. He admitted trying to possess a “lock in a sock,” a dangerous instrument, while incarcerated Oct. 7 at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. He is serving a 3- to 7-year sentence imposed in March 2013 in Kings County for third-degree robbery, the state corrections website said.

Thomas M. Rosen Jr., 27, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. He admitted violating probation by stealing Suboxone from a locked room at the Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions community residence, 138 Winthrop St., and by using oxycodone while under supervision.

Chris M. Gushlaw, 48, of 35572 Route 12, Clayton, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty Feb. 18 to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Shawna G. Gushlaw by calling her Oct. 18 in the town of Brownville.

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