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Evans Mills man sentenced to prison for having controlled substances in Watertown

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An Evans Mills man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to four years in state prison for possessing controlled substances during a traffic stop in Watertown.

Winston C. Ward, 26, also was ordered to undergo an additional year of supervision upon his release for a Dec. 20 guilty plea to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in August with possessing 34 hydrocodone pills and an oxycodone pill during a Jan. 29, 2011, traffic stop on Eastern Boulevard.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been sentenced in July 2007 in County Court to five years’ probation for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, cocaine.

In other court activity:

Jamar Taylor, 23, Watertown, was sentenced to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building for a Feb. 29 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine Aug. 11 in Watertown.

Alexander M. LaParr, 24, Lowville, was sentenced to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation for a Feb. 29 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that on Sept. 28 he tried to sell fentanyl, a controlled substance, within the county.

Joseph M. Beaulieu, 49, Constantia, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a Feb. 29 guilty plea to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He admitted that on Sept. 14 he possessed more than 16 ounces of the drug in his vehicle on Interstate 81 in the town of Watertown. Police alleged at the time that 52 pounds of marijuana were found in the vehicle’s trunk.

Comfort A. Walker, 26, Watertown, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a Feb. 14 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted she tried to sell cocaine in the county Nov. 15.

Linda C. Brandt, 60, Watertown, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a Feb. 14 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Sept. 20 in Watertown.

Travis A. Ryor, 23, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and will be sentenced at a later date. He entered his plea using a partial Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to all the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of being convicted of a more serious offense at trial.

He admitted to state Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky that, with two others, he took scrap metal from a residence on Nellis Road in the town of Pamelia on June 28, but said that he believed at the time that the other men had permission to take the items.

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