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Watertown man sentenced to 4 years in prison for possessing drugs


WATERTOWN — A city man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to four years in state prison for possessing drugs.

Winston A. Strachan, 34, also was ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release from prison after pleading guilty April 18 to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Further information about the charge was not available from the court.

Mr. Strachan was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been sentenced in County Court in October 2012 to 3 years in prison for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, after admitting that he sold cocaine. He served that sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program, serving 90 days in prison and the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision. He was released from prison in January 2013, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In other court activity:

Patrick J. Collins, 36, Watertown, was sentenced to six years’ probation and ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender after pleading guilty March 26 to second-degree sex abuse.

He admitted that he had sexual contact with a child under the age of 14 on Sept. 10 in Watertown.

Brian A. Swank, 31, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and second-degree criminal contempt. He had been accused in February of punching Heather L. Chamberlain, Watertown, in the face, also violating a City Court order of protection held by Miss Chamberlain. He is expected to be sentenced July 18 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and three years’ probation.

Theodore J. Coffie, 34, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He entered his plea using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to the underlying allegations in the matter, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of facing a harsher sentenced if convicted at trial. Further information was not available.

He subsequently was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

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