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Watertown woman sentenced to year in PSB for probation violation

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A Watertown woman was resentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building after admitting she violated terms of probation.

Brandy A. Roberts, 35, will be given credit for an unspecified amount of time served while awaiting disposition of the matter. She admitted violating probation by failing to comply with required drug testing and by failing to provide her probation officer with her address.

She was sentenced April 16 to five years’ probation for a Jan. 20 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to sell cocaine Aug. 5 within the county.

In other court activity:

Robert I. Brigham III, 28, Watertown, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, admitting that he drove while intoxicated June 3, 2011, on Lee Street. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 20 to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. He will also have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Catherine R. Witkousky, 63, Lakeville, Livingston County, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated DWI. She admitted that she drove July 7 on Route 12E in the town of Cape Vincent with a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent. A BAC of 0.08 percent or above is considered proof of intoxication under state law, while aggravated DWI is charged when a person’s BAC is 0.18 percent or above. She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 22 to five years’ probation, a $2,000 fine, revocation of her license and an ignition interlock installation provision.

Brandon K. Page, 31, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree perjury. He was accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in February of forcing his way into the apartment of Lashonda C. Page at Brady Acres in Carthage and hitting Daniel Okor several times on the head with his fists and a belt buckle July 26. He entered his plea to perjury using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to 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 was accused in the same indictment of lying to a grand jury investigating the incident at Brady Acres. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 5 to three years’ probation, providing he has paid $2,938 in restitution before that.

William C.H. Pitoniak, 38, formerly of Watertown, had a third-degree robbery charge pending against him dismissed. The charge stemmed from a June 16 incident in which he robbed the Key Bank branch at 1308 Washington St., during which no weapon was displayed. He is serving a four-year federal sentence handed down April 10 in U.S. District Court, Utica, for an earlier guilty plea to bank robbery for the robbery. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz dismissed the local charge, saying it would constitute double jeopardy if he were to be convicted of another crime arising from the same set of facts. Mr. Pitoniak also was implicated in two other robberies, one at the same Key Bank branch and another at another Key Bank location, but was not charged owing to the conviction on the one robbery charge.

Tracey D. Thompson, 31, also known as Tracey D. Browder, 31, address not available, was arraigned as a fugitive from Louisiana, where she is wanted on bank fraud and forgery charges pending since 2006, when she allegedly failed to appear in court to answer the charges. She waived her extradition rights and agreed to be returned to Louisiana to answer the charges.

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