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Watertown man faces 3 years in prison for cocaine possession try

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WATERTOWN — A city man faces three years in state prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to a charge that he tried to possess cocaine.

Glenn M. Gallo, 26, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in February with possessing the drug with the intent to sell it Dec. 19 in Watertown.

In addition to a prison term, he is expected to be ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release at sentencing Aug. 18. He also will agree to forfeit $1,988 in his possession at the time of his arrest. Mr. Gallo had pleaded guilty in June 2012 to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and was sentenced in September 2012 to two years in prison. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that he serve his sentence in prison system’s Willard Drug Rehabilitation Program, in which he served 90 days in the military-style recovery program and then served the balance 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:

Randi T. Carter-Montez, 28, Riverhead, Long Island, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She admitted that she stole a 2008 Hyundai Tucson from Micki L. Graban, Watertown, on March 24 in the city and that on the same day she possessed a credit card stolen from Nicolas G. Ouimet, Watertown. She is expected to be sentenced July 18 to two to four years in prison.

David S. Sears, 26, Schenectady, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Jan. 31 on North Broad Street in West Carthage and that when police tried to pull his vehicle over, he sped away at about 100 mph. The DWI charge was a felony because he had been convicted of misdemeanor DWI twice in 2013. He is expected to be sentenced July 16 to one to three years in prison, be fined $2,000, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he owns or operates.

Gabriel E. Jewett, 22, Natural Bridge, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to nine months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in April after a third-degree forgery conviction. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use opiates and marijuana while under supervision and by missing substance abuse rehabilitation appointments.

Hunter P. Schafer, 19, Clayton, admitted violating probation. Resentencing was deferred while he seeks substance abuse treatment. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use cocaine, heroin, marijuana and alcohol while under supervision and by being charged with criminal contempt in Canton in March. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

Terreal P. Patterson, 27, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Sheila L. Laverghetta by having unwanted physical contact with her April 18 in Watertown. He subsequently was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and a one-year conditional discharge. He also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Kim M. Stone, 49, Black River, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. He admitted taking a credit card from his unidentified roommate and using it to make purchases without the owner’s permission March 17 in the town of LeRay. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 18 to no worse than probation and be ordered to pay $199 in restitution.

Matthew B. Anderson, 33, Alexandria Bay, was sentenced to six years’ probation and ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender after pleading guilty April 16 to sexual misconduct. Further information about the charge was not available.

Brandon T. Rush, 30, Watertown, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty April 16 to second-degree attempted assault. He had been accused of punching Officer Matthew J. Dawley in the face as the city patrolman was fingerprinting him Dec. 23 at the PSB.

Heather L. Graham, 42, Ithaca, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty April 7 to second-degree falsifying business records and a prohibited act under state Public Health Law. She pleaded guilty to a prohibited act that contained an allegation that on April 14 she intentionally removed a controlled substance from an automated medication dispensing unit in the emergency department at Samaritan Medical Center, where she worked as a nurse, without a lawful reason or a doctor’s prescription. She also pleaded guilty to making a false entry in Samaritan’s records for the purpose of concealing that she stole controlled substances. Her probation supervision will be transferred to Tompkins County.

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