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Teen admits to armed robbery of Cape Vincent business

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WATERTOWN — A teenager admitted Monday in Jefferson County Court that he robbed a Cape Vincent business while displaying what appeared to be a handgun.

Rafael E. Cabrera-Jones, 18, of 7391 Route 3, Pulaski, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, further admitting that he stole cash from the business during the Jan. 3 robbery.

He was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. His probation supervision will be transferred to Oswego County. He also was granted youthful offender status.

Mr. Cabrera-Jones was charged with holding up two Broadway businesses, the Cape Dairy convenience store and the Cape Vincent Liquor Store. Two victims said Mr. Cabrera-Jones wore a ski mask, held them at gunpoint and demanded cash.

Police said at the time that more than $900 in cash, a bottle of vodka and a pack of cigarettes were taken from the businesses.

The teenager had arrived in Cape Vincent from Puerto Rico about a week before the robbery and was staying with his father in the village.

In other court activity:

Richard R. Woodard, 32, Calcium, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release after pleading guilty April 1 to three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

He had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in August with selling heroin four times, and was charged in a second indictment handed up in October with again selling heroin.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted on drug charges in U.S. District Court in 2004.

Stanley M. Layo Jr., 46, Watertown, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay a total of $45,000 in restitution after pleading guilty in May 2013 to fourth-degree grand larceny.

He was charged in an indictment handed up in July 2012 with stealing more than $3,000 from the former Mobil Mart on Arsenal Street between April 1 and July 16, 2007.

It was claimed he defrauded the convenience store and the state Lottery by entering false succession numbers for “instant win” lottery tickets on a daily log kept at the store, altering the number of tickets sold to cover up stolen tickets.

Joshua D. Mantle, 25, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the PSB.

He was serving five years’ probation imposed in September after pleading guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon stemming from one incident and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief following two other incidents.

He admitted violating probation when he was charged in February with new crimes, including fourth-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment.

Mark R. McGuckin, 55, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to nine months in the PSB. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in December 2010 after pleading guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted violating probation by failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment recommendations and by absconding from supervision.

Ronald L. Hunter, 42, of 25800 Number 6 Road, Redwood, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to six months in the PSB.

He was serving five years’ probation imposed in April 2010 after pleading guilty to felony DWI and fourth-degree stalking. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use alcohol while under supervision.

Sabrina L. Gallo, 25, Watertown, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and a three-year conditional discharge. She was ordered to complete the Bridge program after pleading guilty March 5 to fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

She admitted that on Dec. 8 she stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Walmart Supercenter on Route 3 in the town of Watertown and possessed the items the same day.

Jonathan M. Streeter, 35, whose last known address was 311 W. Woodruff St., pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on Nov. 4 he entered the Holcomb Street residence of Margaret Cook and stole jewelry and other items.

He is expected to be sentenced June 9 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

William P. Scott Jr., 43, of 353 Flower Ave. E., pleaded guilty to second-degree falsifying business records, third-degree falsely reporting an incident and endangering the welfare of a child.

He admitted that on Sept. 13 he encouraged a 13-year-old girl to provide false information about a fire in his vehicle and that he reported that the fire had been started by someone else rather than himself.

He is expected to be sentenced July 1 to three years’ probation.

Grant A. Rogers, 48, of 714 S. Massey St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He admitted that on Feb. 7 he possessed a spring-loaded billy club in Watertown. He was sentenced to time served at the PSB and fined $200.

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