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Watertown man gets 2 years in prison for heroin sale

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A Watertown man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to two years in state prison for selling heroin in January.

Richard A. Opelt Jr., 32, also was ordered to undergo an additional two years of supervision upon his release for a Nov. 5 guilty plea to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he sold the drug Jan. 6 within the county.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been sentenced in November 2010 to five years’ probation for a fourth-degree grand larceny conviction. He also had admitted Nov. 5 that he violated probation by being convicted of the drug sale. He was sentenced Monday to a concurrent year in prison on the probation violation.

In other court activity:

Todd L. Ross, 26, Queens, was sentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation for an Oct. 21 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged with possessing crack cocaine Aug. 15 after the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force raided 316 William St. His probation supervision will be transferred to Queens.

Lordprince Turner, 19, Brooklyn, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a Sept. 11 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug April 23 in Watertown. His probation supervision will be transferred to Brooklyn.

Sarah J. Kampnich, 34, of 167 Ten Eyck St., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that, with another, she tried to sell cocaine April 3 within the county. She is expected to be sentenced Feb. 22 to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Darryl R. McGrath, 34, Lake Wales, Fla., pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated July 29 on James Street in Cape Vincent with an 8-year-old girl as a passenger. He subsequently was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $2,000. He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. His probation supervision will be transferred to Florida.

Travis S. Martin, 29, whose last known address was 631 S. Hycliff Drive, Apt. C, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He also admitted violating probation. He admitted that on Oct. 19 in Watertown, he possessed a fake state Department of Motor Vehicles document purporting that he could legally drive when his driver’s license had been revoked for a 2011 driving while ability impaired conviction in County Court. He was sentenced to three years’ probation for that offense. He admitted that he violated probation by being convicted of the new crime. He is expected to be sentenced Feb. 1 to time served at the PSB and be restored to probation for three years.

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