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Watertown man sentenced to prison for role in home-invasion robbery


A Watertown man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to three years in state prison for his role in an attempted home-invasion robbery on McClelland Street.

Martin S. Coughlin, 43, also was ordered to undergo five additional years of supervision upon his release from prison for a Feb. 23 guilty plea to second-degree attempted burglary. He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted of a felony drug possession charge in 2009.

Mr. Coughlin, along with Patrick M. Booth, 31, Daniel E. Keruskie, 34, and Ryan R. Hardy, 29, was charged with first-degree robbery for allegedly entering the 329 McClelland St. residence of Glenn M. and Sabrina L. Gallo on Aug. 8 and threatening the couple with large pieces of wood and a knife. Police said at the time that a television and cash were stolen.

Mr. Booth pleaded guilty March 15 to second-degree attempted robbery and is expected to be sentenced May 7 to three years in prison. Charges against Mr. Hardy and Mr. Keruskie remain pending.

In other court activity:

Sheldon M. Cole, 48, Watertown, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison for a Feb. 24 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny. He also was ordered to pay $1,100 in restitution. He was charged in an indictment handed up in May with stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise on March 21 from Best Buy, Salmon Run Mall. He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been sentenced in February 2004 in St. Lawrence County to 1 to 3 years in prison for criminal possession of stolen property.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that he serve the new sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Rehabilitation Program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision.

David L. Simmons III, 34, Utica, was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by a year of post-release supervision, for a Feb. 3 guilty plea to fourth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting that he tried to sell cocaine Dec. 29, 2010. He also was mandated to participate in the Willard program. He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in November 2005 in Oneida County and sentenced to four years in prison.

Travis L. Lyle, 16, address not confirmed, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. He admitted that when his probation supervision was transferred from Jefferson County to Herkimer County, he failed to report to the Probation Department. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

Nathan J. O’Bryon, 26, Fort Drum, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to 10 months in the PSB. He admitted violating probation by being charged by military police with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and larceny of funds, traveling to New York City without his probation officer’s permission and missing appointments with the officer. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in September for second-degree forgery and fourth-degree grand larceny convictions.

Shaka Z. Alexander, 20, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to nine months in the PSB. He admitted that he violated probation by absconding from supervision. He was serving a three-year probation term imposed in August for a conviction on a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Michael C. Roberts Sr., 28, of 621 Thompson St., admitted violating probation and was resentenced to four months in the PSB. He admitted violating by not following through with substance abuse treatment recommendations. He was sentenced in April to five years’ probation for third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment convictions.

Joaquin A. Barreras Jr., 28, of 26893 Libby Lane, Evans Mills, admitted violating probation and was discharged from supervision after completing an unspecified amount of community service. He admitted violating probation by failing to follow through with recommended counseling. He was serving a 10-year probation term imposed in June 2010 in St. Lawrence County for a third-degree rape conviction.

Rebecca A. Gardner, 33, of 507 E. Main St., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. She admitted that from Dec. 22 to Jan. 15, she stole $16,600 from her employer, Target, in the town of Watertown. She is expected to be sentenced May 25 to probation and to be ordered to pay $9,900 in remaining restitution.

Alberto A. Mattar, 31, Wappingers Falls, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted criminal possession of marijuana. Sentencing was set for June 8. He admitted that on June 30, while aided and abetted by another, he tried to possess more than 10 pounds of marijuana in the town of Theresa. At the time of his arrest, state police alleged that he and Donata J. Martinez, Stormville, had 31 pounds of the drug in a vehicle’s trunk during a traffic stop on Route 411. Mr. Mattar is expected to be sentenced to probation, which will be transferred to Dutchess County. Charges against Ms. Martinez remain pending.

Kevin C. Carpenter, 44, of 238 Champion St., West Carthage, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. He is expected to be sentenced May 25 to probation after paying $1,179 in restitution upfront. He admitted that from May to September, he kept money due his employer, Arrow Pest Control, Syracuse.

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