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Heroin sale attempt nets Watertown man 3 years in prison

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A Watertown man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to three years in state prison for trying to sell heroin in 2011.

Shamel B. Greene, 29, also will have to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release for a June 25 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged in an indictment handed up in December with selling heroin in May 2011.

Mr. Greene was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in 2004 in Oneida County of fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.

In other court activity:

Mark S. Remington, 24, whose last known address was 613 Franklin St., was sentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after pleading guilty June 29 to third-degree attempted robbery and second-degree unlawful imprisonment as a result of one incident and third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance as a result of a second incident. He admitted that on Sept. 8 he forcibly tried to steal car keys from his former girlfriend, Kayla Marx-Rhodes, and then forced her to remain in her vehicle as a he drove it to various locations. He also admitted that he tried to sell cocaine Dec. 6 within the county.

Bobby J. McNitt, 29, Sandy Creek, formerly of Mannsville, was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty June 12 to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that, along with another man, he tried to enter a house on Witt Road in the town of Brownville on Oct. 18 with the intention of stealing copper pipes. His probation supervision will be transferred to Oswego County.

Corey R. McAvoy, 28, of 15360 County Route 11, LaFargeville, was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $1,000 after a June 28 guilty plea to driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor. He admitted driving while intoxicated April 19 on Van Duzee Street. He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or regularly operates.

Lisha M. Skeldon, 19, whose last known address was 521 Jefferson St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She admitted that on April 27 she, along with a Watertown man, possessed items stolen from Kenneth R. Granger, Watertown. She is expected to be sentenced Sept. 18 to 1 1/3 to four years in prison and be ordered to pay $2,080 in restitution.

Timothy G. Purvis Jr., 22, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting he tried to sell cocaine March 28 within the county. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 28 to six months in the PSB, followed by five years’ probation.

Jannah R. Smith, 35, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that she sold cocaine Feb. 10 within the county. She is expected to be sentenced Oct. 9 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Kristie L. Towles, 24, Adams, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that on Jan. 6., with others, she possessed heroin with the intent to sell the drug in Adams. She is expected to be sentenced Sept.. 7 to six months in the PSB, followed by five years’ probation.

Scotty D. Tummons, 41, Theresa, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated a County Court order of protection held by Jessica L. Barbrow, Theresa, by sending her threatening text messages Feb. 12. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 25 to five years’ probation. His probation term will run concurrently with a three-year term he is now serving for two guilty pleas in July 2011 to second-degree criminal contempt, also for violating orders of protection held by Ms. Barbrow.

Michael H. Walsh, 25, of 972 County Route 3, Redwood, pleaded guilty to DWI as a misdemeanor. He admitted that on July 17, 2011, he drove while intoxicated on Route 12 in the town of Alexandria. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 9 to three years’ probation and a $1,000 fine. He also will have his driver’s license revoked and be subject to the ignition interlock provision.

Richard J. Nier, 24, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to three months in the PSB with credit for an unspecified amount of time served. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use alcohol and marijuana while under supervision and by failing to complete an inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation program. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in November 2010 for second-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny convictions.

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