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Antwerp man sentenced to 4 years in prison for cocaine possession try

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WATERTOWN — An Antwerp man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to four years in state prison for trying to possess cocaine.

Michael Q. Higby, 28, whose last known address was 306 Main St., also was ordered to undergo an additional three years of supervision upon his release from prison after pleading guilty May 7 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.

He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in March 2011 in Orange County. He was sentenced to three years in prison in that matter, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

In other court activity:

William R. Frawley, 31, of 661 Factory St., Apt. 32, formerly of LaFargeville, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after pleading guilty May 9 to third-degree criminal mischief as a result of one incident and second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree harassment as a result of a second incident. He also was ordered to pay a total of $2,953 in restitution.

He admitted that he damaged a pickup truck belonging to Andrew Beckstead on Jan. 26 in the town of Alexandria. He also admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Jamie Roshia by having unwanted physical contact with her while trying to take a cellphone out of her hand Feb. 22 in the town of Alexandria.

Christine L. Strauss, 30, of 130 Haley St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and welfare fraud. She admitted that from January to August 2012 she received welfare benefits from the Department of Social Services while failing to disclose that she received child support payments during that period. She was sentenced to a conditional discharge after paying $4,856 in restitution.

Timothy J. Barajas, 37, of 210 Flower Ave. W., pleaded guilty to third-degree forgery. He admitted that on March 28 in Watertown he forged a check belonging to Rebecca E. Connell without her permission. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 19 to three years’ probation and be ordered to pay $160 in restitution.

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