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Watertown man gets additional years for drug sale try

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A Watertown man already serving a federal prison sentence for drug trafficking was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to a concurrent 3 years in state prison for trying to sell cocaine in the city.

Tyrone K. Felder, 31, was sentenced to two concurrent state terms for Feb. 17 guilty pleas to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance as a result of separate incidents. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in April 2010 and in a separate indictment handed up the next month for selling cocaine.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, accused of selling cocaine. He is serving more than 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in September in U.S. District Court to a charge that he possessed more than 500 grams of a substance containing cocaine as part of a drug trafficking conspiracy.

In other court activity:

Kwante M. Arthur, 20, Watertown, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation for a Feb. 21 guilty plea to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted he sold cocaine May 24 within the county.

Reginald C. Alexander Jr., 23, of 25722 Route 12, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for Jan. 18 guilty pleas to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted to driving while intoxicated Oct. 17 on County Route 63 in the town of Watertown while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related conviction. He also was fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license revoked.

Terence C. Blanks, 25, Watertown, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and fined $1,000 for a Feb. 21 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that on Oct. 22, he possessed an assault rifle loaded with 100 rounds during a disturbance on Burchard Street. He was also ordered to forfeit the weapon.

Michael A. Greenfield, 21, Carthage, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act as a result of separate incidents. He admitted he had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old female in July in the town of Lyme and that he had sexual contact with a 12-year-old female, again in July in Lyme. He is expected to be sentenced May 18 to 2 years in prison, followed by five years of additional supervision upon his release.

Monique A. Ortiz, 25, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief as a result of separate incidents. She had been accused in December of trying to steal more than $1,500 worth of items from Target, 21800 Towne Center Drive, and of damaging a door Dec. 3 at a residence at 125 E. Division St. She is expected to be sentenced June 18 to a year in the PSB.

Brandon M. Perry, 19, of 720 Jay St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while ability impaired by drugs with a child in the vehicle. Sentencing was set for June 19. He admitted he was driving Oct. 30 on Arsenal Street while under the influence of a controlled substance with two children, ages 2 and 7, as passengers.

Thomas L. Green, 17, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Sept. 7 in Watertown. Sentencing was deferred until he undergoes substance abuse rehabilitation. If he successfully completes the program, he will be sentenced to probation. If not, he will be sentenced to 1 years in prison.

Fanci N. Copley, 33, of 44042 Church St., Natural Bridge, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. She admitted she damaged a windshield Jan. 28 in the town of Wilna. She was subsequently sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge. She is already serving probation supervision.

Joshua J. Johnson, 33, Watertown, admitted to violating probation and was resentenced to six months in the PSB. He admitted to violating probation, for which he was sentenced to a three-year term in March 2011 for a fourth-degree attempted grand larceny conviction, by failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment recommendations and by continuing to use illegal drugs.

Glenn R. Simmons, 18, Watertown, admitted to violating probation and was resentenced to four months in the PSB, with credit for time served. He admitted to violating probation by continuing to use marijuana while under supervision and by being charged in July with third-degree criminal trespassing. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

Scott W. Tousley, 46, Ellisburg, admitted to violating probation and was resentenced to time served at the PSB and restored to probation. He admitted to violating probation by continuing to consume alcohol while under supervision. He is serving a five-year term of probation imposed for a June guilty plea to third-degree arson.

Justin M. Curtis, 29, Watertown, admitted to violating probation by not paying the full $10,603 in restitution he was ordered to pay in February 2007 when he was sentenced to five years’ probation for a fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property conviction. He was subsequently discharged from probation and a civil judgment in favor of Sherwin-Williams, 491 Factory St., was entered against him for the remaining restitution.

Timothy A. Collins, 54, of 31771 Route 3, Black River, was arraigned as a fugitive from justice and waived his extradition rights, agreeing to return to Connecticut, where he is wanted for failing to appear on a felony charge.

Merle D. Shamblin, 51, Bunnell, Fla., was arraigned as a fugitive and agreed to be returned to Flagler County, Fla., where he is wanted on possession of a sexual performance of a child charges. He was stopped Thursday afternoon in a commercial truck by U.S. Customs and Border Protection field operations officers on Wellesley Island when he tried to enter Canada via the Thousand Islands Bridge.

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