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Antwerp man faces 4 years in prison for trying to possess, sell cocaine

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WATERTOWN — An Antwerp man faces four years in state prison after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to possess cocaine.

Michael Q. Higby, 28, whose last known address was 306 Main St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Feb. 14 in Watertown.

In addition to a prison term, he is expected to be ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release when he is sentenced June 20.

In other court activity:

Brensley M. Gibson, 30, Utica, was sentenced to 2 years in prison, followed by three years’ post-release supervision, after pleading guilty April 4 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 within the county in April 2013. He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in 2008 in Oneida County.

Scotty D. Tummons, 43, Theresa, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal contempt and admitted violating probation. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Jessica L. Barbrow by sending her text messages Dec. 6 in Theresa. He also admitted violating multiple probation sentences by committing the new crime. Most recently, he was sentenced in November in County Court to three years’ probation for second-degree criminal contempt.

He is expected to be sentenced May 30 to 1 to 3 years in prison. He will be sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted in 2012 of first-degree criminal contempt, with the victim in that case also being Ms. Barbrow.

Stephen Clemons, 52, whose last known address was 934 Academy St., Apt. 4, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and three years’ probation after pleading guilty March 11 to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that on Oct. 9 in Watertown he violated an order of protection held by Sherry L. Clemons by having a physical confrontation with her.

Cory J. Nuijens, 25, of 5425 Bedford Corners Road, Cape Vincent, pleaded guilty to petit larceny and third-degree forgery. She admitted that she stole her mother’s Sam’s Club credit card on Oct. 26 in the town of Cape Vincent and used it the same day to make a purchase at Sam’s Club in the town of Watertown, forging her mother’s signature on the receipt. She is expected to be sentenced June 27 to three years’ probation.

William R. Bixby, 34, of 12171 Ure Road, Apt. 3, Carthage, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. He admitted that from December 2011 to August 2012 he unlawfully received $4,734 in benefits from the Department of Social Services while providing false information to the department. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after paying full restitution.

Kevin M. Prashaw,52, Watertown, admitted violating probation by continuing to use opiates and marijuana while under supervision and by presenting a urine sample that was several weeks old to his probation officer in an attempt to avoid testing positive for drug use. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in August for fourth-degree grand larceny. Resentencing was deferred while Mr. Prashaw seeks substance abuse treatment.

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