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Adams man sentenced to up to 7 years in prison for Drug Court violation

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An Adams man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to up to seven years in state prison for violating his Drug Court contract.

Arthur E. Mason Jr., 28, was sentenced to 3 to 7 years in prison for a June 18 admission that he violated terms of Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration. He also pleaded guilty to bail jumping, admitting he absconded from the program’s supervision.

He had been referred to the program in November 2010 for a second-degree forgery conviction, admitting he forged a $950 check drawn on another man’s account and cashed it, and that the next day he forged and cashed an $800 check drawn on the same man’s account. He initially was sentenced in December 2009 to a prison term of 3 to 7 years for a second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument conviction, but instead was allowed to go to the state Department of Correctional Services’ Willard Drug Treatment Center. Upon successfully completing the 90-day program, he was released from prison in April 2010.

He asked Judge Kim H. Martusewicz Wednesday to recommend that he be sentenced to the prison system’s shock incarceration program. If deemed eligible by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, he would spend six months in prison and then serve the balance of his sentence on parole. Judge Martusewicz said he would not oppose Mr. Mason’s participation in the program, but would leave that determination up to the department.

In other court activity:

Michael J. Parker, 25, whose last known address was 715 State St., admitted violating probation and was resentenced to one to three years in prison. Judge Martusewicz recommended that he participate in the shock incarceration program. Mr. Parker was sentenced in October 2010 to five years’ probation for a third-degree burglary conviction. He admitted violating probation by, among other things, failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment recommendations, continuing to use opiates and marijuana while under supervision, leaving the county without permission and being charged with several new crimes.

John J. Howard, 19, whose last known address was 138 Winthrop St., admitted violating probation by continuing to use alcohol while under supervision and by failing to attend outpatient substance abuse treatment. Resentencing was deferred until he completes an inpatient program. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court. His supervision had been transferred to Jefferson County from Steuben County.

Kyle S. Monahan, 17, Watertown, admitted violating probation by testing positive for marijuana use, failing to regularly attend school and being charged with a new crime. Resentencing was deferred while it is seen how he complies with substance abuse treatment recommendations. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

Kaleb D. Stevens, 20, and Kyle L. Stevens, 18, both of 31 S. Main St., Adams, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary. Both admitted that they entered the Hearthstone Ministries Thrift Store, 11 Church St., on Feb. 21 with the intent of stealing something. Both are expected to be sentenced Sept. 19 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, followed by five years’ probation.

Leonard G. Works, 22, of 412 Stone St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted robbery. He admitted that he pushed a female out of the way as he took cash from a register at a business in the Salmon Run Mall on Feb. 27. He had previously worked at the business and told Judge Martusewicz that he believed he was entitled to some, if not all, of the money. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 17 to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation. He also will be ordered to pay $50 in restitution.

Caroline Lolar, 50, of 520 Lansing St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting she tried to sell cocaine March 13 within the county. She is expected to be sentenced Sept. 17 to time served at the PSB and be ordered to complete the Bridge program and perform 30 hours of community service.

Ismael Melendez Jr., 31, an inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting prison contraband and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to time served. He admitted that, while incarcerated Nov. 17 at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility, he possessed anabolic steroids and a syringe to inject the drug, both of which are banned items within the facility. Mr. Melendez is serving a nine-year term given him in New York City in October 2005 for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The steroids he possessed were allegedly provided by Richard R. Finley, 56, Clayton, a former alcohol and substance abuse counselor at the prison. Mr. Finley was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up July 5 with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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