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Fort Drum man sentenced to prison for using fake money

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WATERTOWN — A Fort Drum man was sentenced to up to four years in state prison after pleading guilty in Jefferson County Court to a charge that he used counterfeit money to make a purchase.

Leonard D. Gray, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument and admitted violating probation by committing the crime. He was charged in November with using counterfeit U.S. $10 and $20 bills to purchase takeout food Oct. 30 from the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 300 Arsenal St. He had also been accused of stealing Mike’s Hard Lemonade valued at $9.99 from the Nice N Easy store, 430 Factory St., by paying for it Oct. 19 with a fake $10 bill.

He was sentenced to two to four years in prison on the forged-instrument count and a concurrent two- to four-year term on the probation violation.

He also was ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release from prison on the violation.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted May 17, 2013, of second-degree burglary and third-degree menacing. In that matter, he had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in November 2012 with entering the Starbuck Avenue residence of Michele R. Bowens without permission, intending to commit a crime, and punching and kicking Ms. Bowens’s son, Corey R. Smith, who suffered a cut, bruises and pain. Mr. Gray was sentenced in July to five years’ probation in the matter.

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