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Watertown woman sentenced up to 2½ years in prison for meth possession try

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WATERTOWN — A city woman faces up to 2½ years in state prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to a charge that she tried to possess methamphetamine.

Amber M. Come, 26, no fixed address, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was charged May 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine in a room at an Arsenal Street motel. Eugene L. Lively, 29, Watertown, also was charged in the incident, with counts against him remaining pending.

Ms. Come is expected to be sentenced Aug. 8 to 2½ years in prison, followed by an additional two years of supervision upon her release. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that she serve her sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program, in which she would serve 90 days in the military-style recovery program and then serve the balance of her sentence under parole supervision.

In other court activity:

Jonathan E. Melendez, 27, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and tampering with a witness as a result of one incident and disorderly conduct as a result of a second incident. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in February with striking a 21-year-old woman the head, face and abdomen, causing cuts and bruises, on Dec. 30. It further was claimed that on Dec. 31 he contacted the victim and told her not to appear as a witness in a legal proceeding against him. A second indictment accused him of writing a letter to a Department of Social Services employee on Sept. 9 and threatening to kill a number of people, including the employee. Mr. Melendez is expected to be sentenced Aug. 4 to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and three years’ probation.

Lyman H. Glymph, 30, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess cocaine April 24 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 20 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Chelsea L. Pitre, 24, Watertown, was sentenced to 1½ years in prison, followed by 1½ years’ post-release supervision, after pleading guilty May 23 to fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that she possessed heroin with the intent to sell the drug March 25 in Watertown. Judge Martusewicz mandated that she serve the sentence in the Willard program.

Matthew L. Yates, 27, Cape Vincent, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty May 13 to fourth-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that he damaged another person’s property July 14 in Cape Vincent. State police said at the time of his arrest that he threw a cinder block at a boat, causing about $2,000 of damage.

William P. Scott, 43, Watertown, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty May 5 to second-degree falsifying business records, third-degree falsely reporting an incident and endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted that on Sept. 13 he encouraged a 13-year-old girl to provide false information about a fire in his vehicle and that he reported that the fire had been started by someone else rather than himself.

Joshua J. Staplin, 19, Watertown, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty May 13 to criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted that he choked his wife, Sarah A. Staplin, while she was holding a 4-month-old boy on March 9 in Watertown.

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