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Former Fort Drum soldier gets prison for burglary spree

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A former Fort Drum soldier who led police on a multicounty manhunt that began in Jefferson County in September 2011 was sentenced Tuesday in County Court to 1 to 4 years in state prison for two burglaries he committed within the county.

Russell C. Marcum, 21, now an inmate at Auburn Correctional Facility, was sentenced for Oct. 9 guilty pleas to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on Sept. 5, 2011, he broke into a storage unit at U-Lockit, 23315 Route 342, town of Pamelia, and then broke into Watertown Power Sports on Route 11 in the town of Watertown four days later. He was in military custody for those offenses when he escaped from the barracks, allegedly stealing his parents’ 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche from Fort Drum and leading police on a pursuit through Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties. He crashed the vehicle in Otsego County and fled on foot, stealing a second vehicle before being located in Tompkins County.

He was also ordered to pay $6,310 in restitution. His prison sentence will run concurrently with a 10-year prison sentence imposed in Herkimer County in August.

In other court activity:

Aaron J. Bell, 36, Watertown, was sentenced to five years’ probation for an Oct. 9 guilty plea to third-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that on May 22, he used a crowbar to smash windows on a vehicle belonging to Jennifer Smith, Watertown.

Robert D. Gillespie, 28, Baldwinsville, was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $1,200 for Sept. 11 guilty pleas to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted driving while intoxicated July 14 in the town of Henderson while his driver’s license was suspended for a prior alcohol-related offense. He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Marta J. Mason, 23, formerly known as Marta J. Rapp, Philadelphia, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and a one-year conditional discharge for Sept. 11 guilty pleas to third-degree assault. She was accused in a grand jury indictment of stabbing Leigh A. Hollenbeck and Sondra M. Arquiett, both of Black River, in a parking lot in the 500 block of Newell Street on Jan. 8. The women required stitches to close the wounds. She was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Timothy B. Birmingham, 60, Mannsville, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to complete the Bridge program for an Oct. 23 guilty plea to felony DWI. He admitted driving while intoxicated Sept. 2 on Route 11 in the town of Ellisburg. He was also fined $1,000, had his driver’s license revoked and is subject to the ignition interlock provision.

Nicholas A. Bozzi, 16, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree criminal mischief as a result of three incidents. He admitted he tried to break into J&B Ice Cream, 36426 Route 26, Carthage, on July 9. He also admitted that on May 12 he threw a rock at a bus stop shelter in the town of LeRay, shattering it. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 25 to an unspecified amount of time at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Jory R. Biedekapp, 17, Brownville, had a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance dismissed. Assistant District Attorney Walter M. Jeram Jr. said the substance Mr. Biedekapp was alleged to have possessed Aug. 31 in Watertown was tested and found not to be a controlled substance.

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