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Two women successfully complete Jefferson County Drug Court


Two women avoided potential state prison sentences Thursday in Jefferson County Court by successfully completing Drug Court.

Kristin J. Avallone-Clark, 24, Carthage, had been referred to Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, in February 2013 after pleading guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Ms. Avallone-Clark admitted that she and her associates possessed more than eight ounces of cocaine in April 2012 in Adams.

Police said at the time of the arrest that 1.3 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $130,000 was recovered from an apartment at 6 Institute St.

After she completed Drug Court, her conviction was vacated Thursday and she was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser felony charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She then was sentenced to five years’ probation.

If she had failed in Drug Court, she then would have faced a six-year prison sentence, followed by five additional years of supervision upon her release.

Rena A. Tumbleson, 48, Watertown, had been referred to Drug Court in December 2011 after pleading guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and driving without a required ignition interlock device on her vehicle.

She admitted that she drove while intoxicated in September 2011 in the town of Watertown after being convicted of DWI three months previously in Pamelia Town Court.

For completing the rehabilitation program, her felony DWI charge was vacated and she pleaded guilty to DWI as a misdemeanor.

Ms. Tumbleson then was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $1,000. She also had her driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she owns or operates.

If she had been unsuccessful in Drug Court, the woman faced a prison sentence of one to three years as well as a $3,000 fine.

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