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Unsealed indictment alleges Pamelia man sold heroin

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An ex-convict has been indicted on allegations that he had and sold heroin in Jefferson County.

Michael W. Walters, 26, of 23727 Route 37, town of Pamelia, faces counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday in County Court.

It is alleged that he sold the drug in late February. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at arraignment and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $10,000 bail.

Mr. Walters had been referred to Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, in July 2008 for guilty pleas to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and an admission to a probation violation.

He was accused of possessing cocaine at his West Lynde Street apartment in May 2008. At the time, he was serving a three-year probation sentence imposed in June 2007 for a second-degree criminal trespass conviction, having admitted he took part in break-ins at Ryan’s Jet Gas, 740 State St., and Bernardo’s Pizzeria, 702 Coffeen St.

In January 2009, he admitted violating his Drug Court contract and was sentenced to three years in state prison. He was released to parole supervision in September 2010, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In other court activity, an open indictment was handed up charging Andrew A. Wren, 24, town of Rutland, with second-degree assault. It is alleged that he broke the jaw of Colby D. Roy, Watertown, and knocked out several of his teeth by punching him Nov. 24 on County Route 160 in Rutland. Mr. Wren served about 18 months in a state prison for attempted second-degree assault following a conviction in July 2008 in County Court.

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