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CANTON — A Massena man was sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison for his in St. Lawrence County Court Monday for violating his probation sentence.

Richard H. Martin III, 27, of 9851 St Hwy 56 Lot 4, was placed on one year of interim probation in a plea deal after being charged with charges of felony third-degree burglary related to the November 2012 theft of a revolver from the Todd Road home of Garrison T. Barcomb, and felony fourth-degree grand larceny in the Nov. 14, 2012 theft of several items including a debit card, a wallet containing $25 in cash, a combined $190 in other cash and a pair of athletic shoes.

As part of the deal with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, Martin was ordered to complete chemical dependency treatment as required to earn the benefit of straight probation at his sentencing.

On Dec. 13, Martin was returned to county court on a warrant after he failed to complete treatment. During that appearance, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards said that on Oct. 17 Martin allegedly told staff members at the treatment center that he would rather go to jail than complete treatment.

Additionally, on Dec. 4, when St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies were picking Martin up on the warrant, they found him in possession of 6.5 grams of marijuana packaged for sale, Judge Richards said.

In addition to his prison sentence, Martin was ordered to pay $750 in court fines, fees and surcharges and $375 in restitution.

In other court action Monday:

Jamar K. Richey, 33, Utica, was sentenced to five years in prison for his Dec. 9 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

On July 10, 2012, in Ogdensburg, Richey was found in possession of cocaine with the intent to sell it.

Richey was previously convicted of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Sept. 25, 2003 in Oneida County Court.

In addition to his prison sentence, Richey was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision and to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Bernard W. Phillips II, 39, of 33D Grantville Road, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI.

Phillips had a 0.20 percent blood alcohol content while driving Aug. 27 on Route 56 in the town of Norfolk.

He was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in Norfolk Town Court on July 21, 2010.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 7. Phillips was released under continued probation supervision.

Vincent A. Pratt, 50, of 715 Lake St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

The weapons charges came after police reported finding several guns in his home during an Oct. 3, 2012 execution of a search warrant. As a convicted felon, Pratt is not allowed to possess firearms.

On Oct. 22, 2012, Pratt was also arrested for selling suboxone in the city.

The plea deal satisfies a an indictment which brought five counts of felony weapons charges against Pratt as well as misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing pending in Ogdensburg City Court. He will be placed under one year of interim probation on each count during his April 7 sentencing. Pratt was released under continued probation supervision pending sentencing.

Marcel G. Altenfelder, 49, of 25 Avery St., Alexandria Bay, was sentenced to five years of probation for his Nov. 26 guilty plea to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

On Jan. 23, Altenfelder was in possession of and sold cocaine to another person in an unidentified location in St. Lawrence County.

In addition to his probationary sentence, with supervision transferred to the Jefferson County Probation Department, Altenfelder was ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges and $325 in restitution.

Tehya L. Wensauer, 35, of Greene, Chenango County, was placed on one year of interim probation for her Nov. 25 guilty plea to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Wensauer was arrested Oct. 26, 2012 in the town of Morristown with Katsitsia Smoke, 20, of 15 Cree Road, Hogansburg, after police found them in possession of 17 pounds of marijuana.

If Wensauer successfully completes her interim probation, she will have the opportunity to plead down to a misdemeanor criminal possession of marijuana charge.

Sentencing was adjourned to Jan. 12.

Cory A. Brown, 34, of 933 LeRay St., Watertown, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Brown had a 0.24 percent blood alcohol content while driving Aug. 17 on Route 37 in the town of Waddington. A BAC of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or higher.

Brown was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in Potsdam Town Court on Feb. 7, 2007, and again in Jefferson County Court on Feb. 16, 2012.

Judge Richards tentatively adjourned sentencing to June 30, depending upon Mr. Brown’s completion of treatment in North Country Freedom Home.

Tami S. Skeldon, 42, of 16 Hillcrest Drive, Star Lake, pleaded guilty to DWI under Leandra’s Law.

keldon had a 0.10 percent BAC while driving June 20 on County Route 60 in the town of Clifton while she had a 13-year-old passenger.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 7. Skeldon was released under probation supervision.

Zachary C. Racine, 27, Plattsburgh, was placed on one year of interim probation after pleading guilty on Nov. 26 to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Racine possessed heroin with intent to sell the drug on Dec. 11 in the village of Canton.

Judge Richards adjourned sentencing to Jan. 12, 2015 and transferred probation supervision to the Clinton County Probation Department.

In court action Friday:

Terry L. Sweeney, 43, of 1041 Old Potsdam Parishville Rd., Potsdam, was sentenced to five days in St. Lawrence County jail and five years of probation for his Dec. 9 guilty plea to aggravated DWI.

On Feb. 23, Sweeney was operating a 2008 Dodge with a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent on Depot Street, Potsdam.

A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more. A DWI charge is a felony when there is a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years.

Sweeney has a previous DWI misdemeanor conviction on July 15, 2009, in Potsdam.

In addition to his jail and probation sentence Sweeney was ordered to pay court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $2,070.

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