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Watertown man faces prison sentence for heroin possession try

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WATERTOWN — A city man faces 1½ years in state prison after admitting Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to possess heroin in November.

Anthony M. McNeil, 46, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess heroin with the intent to sell the drug Nov. 1 in Watertown.

In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be ordered to undergo two years of supervision upon his release when he is sentenced Oct. 15.

In other court activity:

Karen M. Martin, 23, Calcium, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. She admitted that between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5 she stole more than $1,000 from Rite Aid, 315 Arsenal St.

She is expected to be sentenced Jan. 9 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. She also is expected to be ordered to pay her share of $14,200 in restitution.

Mrs. Martin’s husband, Christopher E. Martin, 25, pleaded guilty April 18 to fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property in connection with the incident. He was sentenced June 23 to a year in the PSB and ordered to pay restitution.

Trudi L. Harney, 46, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt, admitting that she violated an order of protection held by Benjamin M. Kilburn by having unwanted physical contact him Feb. 14 on Franklin Street.

She was subsequently sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and three years’ probation. She also was sentenced to concurrent periods of probation for a Feb. 3 guilty plea to second-degree criminal contempt and an admission that she violated probation.

In those incidents, she admitted that on Oct. 3 she violated an order of protection held by Mr. Kilburn. At the time, she was serving three years’ probation imposed in County Court in April 2013 for a third-degree assault conviction, with Mr. Kilburn being the victim in that incident. She admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crime.

Joseph A. Blume, 36, Antwerp, admitted violating probation by failing to appear for substance abuse screening appointments. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court. His resentencing was deferred while he seeks additional substance abuse treatment.

Andrew V. Lavere, 29, Watertown, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty June 23 to third-degree burglary and resisting arrest. He admitted that on May 4 he entered the Goodale Street residence of Lynn M. Tynon with the intent to commit a crime and then ran from police after being told he was under arrest.

Connie J. Schack, 50, West Carthage, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $10,026 in restitution after pleading guilty June 24 to fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud. She admitted that she unlawfully received $10,026 in benefits from the Department of Social Services between May 1, 2010, and Jan. 31, 2013, while supplying false information to the department.

Brian J. Barlow, 45, Carthage, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Dec. 20 to felony driving while intoxicated.

He had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in August 2013 with driving while intoxicated July 20, 2012, on County Route 40 in the town of Wilna. He also was fined $3,000, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Timothy J. Barajas, 37, Watertown, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation after pleading guilty June 20 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 also was ordered to pay $160 in restitution.

John M. Maggio, age not available, Utica, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service after pleading guilty June 16 to third-degree assault.

He admitted that he caused injury to Mario Gibson Dec. 31 in the town of LeRay. Mr. Gibson suffered a cut that required stitches. Mr. Maggio’s probation supervision will be transferred to Oneida County.

Nathan I. Koster, 21, Carthage, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation after pleading guilty July 15 to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. He had been charged in February with stealing a pistol from his father, Frank J. Koster.

Sean M. Sullivan, 31, Dexter, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty May 6 to third-degree assault. He admitted that he injured Michael Sullivan on Feb. 8 in the town of Brownville.

Police said at the time of the incident that Mr. Sullivan struck his victim in the head with a thrown chair.

Ryan A. Murphy, 34, Watertown, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold heroin on a day in mid-June and again the following day.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail.

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