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Watertown man faces prison over knife incident at tavern

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A Watertown man faces up to three years in state prison after pleading guilty Friday in Jefferson County Court to a charge that he tried to possess a knife at a city tavern.

Ricky L. Hodkinson II, 28, whose last known address was 140 High St., Apt. 6, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He entered his plea using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit the to the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of being convicted of a more serious offense at trial.

He was charged Nov. 16 with trying to possess a knife with the intent to use it unlawfully against Randy A. Hardison, Watertown, at Artie’s Tavern, 329 High St. Police said at the time that Mr. Hardison suffered a stab wound to his leg.

Mr. Hodkinson is expected to be sentenced March 4 to one to three years in prison. He will be sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been sentenced in 2004 in County Court to five years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to second-degree menacing for threatening his mother with a sword.

In other court activity:

Felix Almonte, 34, an inmate at Five Points Correctional Facility, Romulus, pleaded guilty by mail to third-degree assault. He had been accused in November of taking part in the gang beating of Victor Carpio while both men were incarcerated at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. He subsequently was sentenced to time served. He is serving a term started in June of up to three years for attempted first-degree reckless endangerment, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website. That sentence will continue.

Zane K. Abrahamson, 23, Fort Drum, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation for a Nov. 30 guilty plea to third-degree burglary. He admitted that, with others, he went into the residence of Jacob J. Traynor on James Street in Clayton with the intent to steal something Oct. 30. State police said at the time that heroin and cash were taken from the residence.

Travis S. Martin, 29, whose last known address was 631 S. Hycliff Drive, Apt. C, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and three additional years’ probation for a Dec. 17 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and an admission that he violated 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 the DWAI offense. He admitted that he violated probation by being convicted of the new crime.

Danilo J. Gonzalez, 26, whose last known address was 324 Academy St., Apt. B, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation for Nov. 19 guilty pleas to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted driving while intoxicated Sept. 16 on Route 12 in the town of Watertown while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. He also was fined $750 and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he owns or operates.

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