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Unsealed indictment alleges Utica man sold cocaine in Jefferson County


WATERTOWN — A Utica man has been named in a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday in Jefferson County Court alleging that he had and sold cocaine three times within the county.

Dymonick L. Smith, 22, is charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged that he sold cocaine twice on the same day in early March and again nine days later.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges at arraignment and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $10,000 bail.

In other court activity:

Sherry L. Clemons, 45, of 321 William St., pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. She had been accused in an indictment handed up in February with violating a City Court order of protection by slapping and pushing Stephen Clemons during a July 9 domestic incident. She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 4 to three years’ probation.

Dominique M. Lanaux, 27, Utica, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and three years’ probation after pleading guilty April 2 to fourth-degree promoting prostitution. She had entered her plea using an Alford plea, meaning she did not admit to the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of facing a harsher sentence if convicted at trial.

At the time of the plea, Assistant District Attorney Patricia L. Dzuiba told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz that, had the matter proceeded to trial, prosecutors would have produced a 17-year-old female witness who was “actively engaged” in prostitution and who was prepared to testify that she gave money to Ms. Lanaux, who knew the money was proceeds from prostitution. The events occurred from Jan. 20 to 24 at a motel on Route 37 in the town of Pamelia.

Thomas E. Taylor, 56, Watertown, was sentenced to a weekend in the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty April 3 to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

He had been accused of driving while intoxicated March 16, 2013, on County Route 75 in the town of Hounsfield. He also was fined $2,000, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Robert A. Morton, 36, whose last known address was 32468 Caroline St., Depauville, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation after pleading guilty April 9 to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, admitting that he possessed crack cocaine April 23 at a State Street apartment.

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