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Watertown man faces 4 years in prison for having heroin

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WATERTOWN — A city man faces four years in state prison after pleading guilty Monday in Jefferson County Court to a charge that he possessed heroin.

Mark R. Amo, 28, whose last known address was 619 Olive St., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had been charged with having heroin May 17 following a traffic stop on Route 11 in the town of Watertown. In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release at sentencing Oct. 15.

Also Monday, Tabatha L. Youngs, 27, whose last known address was 167 Ten Eyck St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She was charged with heroin possession in the same incident involving Mr. Amo. She is expected to be sentenced Oct. 15 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

In other court activity:

Keron K. Gordon, 20, Utica, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged in March with selling crack cocaine at various locations within the county.

He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 14 to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

Heather M. Crutchfield, 25, whose last known address was 203 Creekwood Drive, Apt. 4, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. She was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in May with stabbing Mia E. LaMarche, Watertown, in the head and neck at an April 19 party at a Camp Avenue apartment.

She is due to be sentenced Oct. 14 to a year in the PSB.

Richard Vizcarrondo, 48, an inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, was arraigned on counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband, fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substances.

The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that on Nov. 6 he introduced buprenorphine, a controlled substance used in the treatment of opiate addiction, into the Watertown Correctional Facility and that he sold the drug to another person.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held on $20,000 bail on the new counts. He is already serving a six-year prison sentence imposed in Bronx County in 2013 for a second-degree attempted burglary conviction, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

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