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LOWVILLE — Three drug sellers caught at this year’s moe.down music festival were sentenced Friday in Lewis County Court to undergo a drug rehabilitation program as an alternative to state prison time.

The three men all were recommended for the state prison system’s 90-day Willard Drug Rehabilitation Program, which allows inmates that successfully complete it to serve the remainder of their prison sentences under parole supervision.

Thomas A. Cardente, 24, Warwick, R.I., was sentenced to 4 years in prison, forfeiture of $5,971 in seized cash, $375 in court fees and a six-month driver’s license revocation on a charge of third-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance, to which he pleaded guilty Oct. 19. Mr. Cardente was accused of selling oxycodone and possessing drug scales at moe.down, held in mid-August at Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin.

Ryan M. DeCurtis, 26, Coventry, R.I., was sentenced to 2 years in prison, $375 in court fees and a six-month suspension of in-state driving privileges on a charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, to which he pleaded guilty Oct. 19. Mr. DeCurtis was accused of selling cocaine at moe.down.

Philip J. Wren, 22, Shinhopple, was sentenced to two years in prison, forfeiture of $772 in seized cash, $375 in court fees and a six-month driver’s license suspension on charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, to which he pleaded guilty Oct. 9. Mr. Wren was accused of selling cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms at moe.down.

Also Friday in Lewis County Court:

Jonathan R. Holder, 25, of 2969 Cataract St., Copenhagen, following unsuccessful completion of the county Drug Court program, was sentenced to one to three years in prison and $1,025 in court fees on three counts of third-degree burglary, to which he pleaded guilty in February 2011.

Mr. Holder was accused of entering a town of Pinckney residence owned by Walter Castor on May 31, 2010, and helping to steal numerous items, as well as breaking into buildings owned by Ryan Morse and Robert Lyndaker on County Route 194 in Pinckney in September 2009.

Steven R. Spencer, 27, formerly of Lowville, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison and $375 in court fees on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, to which he pleaded guilty Sept. 25. He was accused of possessing a 20-gauge shotgun belonging to Raymond Ramos on March 22, 2010, in the village of Lowville. He is expected to receive a similar, concurrent sentence Friday in Jefferson County Court, Watertown, on a third-degree burglary charge for entering a garage belonging to David Fargo in March 2010 on Sayre Road in the town of Champion with the intent to steal two chain saws.

Mr. Spencer in November was released from prison after serving one year and eight months on a first-degree criminal contempt conviction from Washington County. He has since been held in county jail to await sentencing in the new cases.

Robert A. Williams, 21, of 20332 Bagram Road, Fort Drum, was sentenced to five years’ probation, time served in county jail and joint restitution of $5,191.25 and $375 in court fees on a charge of third-degree burglary, to which he pleaded guilty Sept. 14. He was accused of breaking into a building, owned by Troy LaRock on Route 3 in the town of Diana, on April 14.

Mr. Williams’s alleged accomplice, Diane M. Tyus, 22, of 20680 Munns Corners Road, Fort Drum, was arraigned on a third-degree burglary charge and pleaded guilty to the charge. Sentencing was set for Feb. 8.

Aurora E. Mosher, 22, of 3 Cottage St., Potsdam, and Adam L. Wood, 29, of 37 Butler Ave., Massena, were arraigned on a charge of possession of an imitation controlled substance for allegedly having imitation Ecstasy at moe.down. Ms. Mosher pleaded guilty to that charge, while Mr. Wood pleaded to an amended charge of attempted possession of an imitation controlled substance. Both then were sentenced to one-year conditional discharges and forfeiture of cash seized from the pair.

Travis L. Schermerhorn, 24, of 9403 Artz Road, Castorland, was arraigned on a charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief and pleaded guilty. Sentencing was set for Jan. 18. Mr. Schermerhorn was accused of, on Sept. 26 in the town of New Bremen, smashing a windshield and window in one car and slashing the tires on another and throwing a television set, all of which belonged to Peggy Hosmer.

Jason T. Lynch, 17, of 8149 Boonville Road, Boonville, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree criminal mischief, pleaded guilty and was entered in the county’s Drug Court program. Mr. Lynch was accused of, on July 27, helping to damage control panels at North Country Car Wash in Lyons Falls.

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