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Man sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for daylight robbery in downtown Watertown

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A Watertown man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to 10 years in state prison for robbing a woman in broad daylight in the city’s Stone Street parking lot.

Richard D. Lennox, 36, whose last known address was 362 Rutland St., was also ordered to undergo an additional five years of supervision upon his release from prison for a Jan. 22 guilty plea to second-degree robbery. He admitted that he forcibly stole a car from a 24-year-old unidentified woman May 25 in the lot. He also admitted that he struck the victim, a downtown worker who was returning from her lunch break at 12:25 p.m., forced his way into her car and began to assault her. He then briefly drove off with her vehicle.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender. According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, he was sentenced in Onondaga County in October 2001 to 10 years in prison for first-degree rape for an attack upon a 26-year-old woman on Aug. 21, 2001, following forced entry into a residence. He served the complete prison term and was discharged Aug. 19, 2011, for five years’ post-release supervision. He is a Level 2 risk on the state’s sex offender registry, termed a “sexually violent offender.”

In other court activity:

Chad A. Countryman, 20, whose last known address was 70848 Shepard St., was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation for a Jan. 18 guilty plea to third-degree attempted burglary. He was charged with entering the Huntington Street apartment of Rochelle Cornaire on Oct. 27 without her permission. Police said at the time that the victim reported her 26-inch flat-screen television and a long skateboard had been stolen.

Dylan T. Webb, 21, of 827 Ann St., was sentenced to three years’ probation for a Dec. 19 guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that he possessed a metal knuckle knife Sept. 11 in Watertown. It was illegal for him to have the weapon because he has a prior misdemeanor conviction for petit larceny.

Darrious L. Davis, 48, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to 10 months in the PSB. He also was ordered to pay $150 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in November for a guilty plea in September to fourth-degree grand larceny, having admitted that he stole a debit card from Jessica A. Nappi, Adams, in May. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use alcohol while under supervision.

Tiffany V. Thompson, 31, Carthage, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to nine months in the PSB, with credit for time served. She was serving five years’ probation imposed in Lewis County Court, Lowville, in July for fifth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree insurance fraud, having been accused of obtaining Medicaid and food stamp benefits to which she was not entitled. She admitted violating probation by leaving a substance abuse rehabilitation program without completing it and against clinical advice. She also admitted she continued to use alcohol.

Jedadiah D. Romeo, 31, Watertown, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary and admitted violating probation. He admitted that on Sept. 8 he entered the construction site of Samaritan Summit Village on Summit Drive in the town of Watertown with the intent to steal something. He also admitted that sometime between Sept. 15 and Sept. 17 he entered a second construction site in the town of Watertown, again with the intent to steal items. Police said at the time that construction tools were stolen from the sites.

At the time, Mr. Romeo was serving three years’ probation imposed in January 2012 for petit larceny and second-degree criminal trespassing convictions for stealing cash from his family’s dry-cleaning business. He admitted violating probation by committing the new crimes. He is expected to be sentenced April 19 to time served at the PSB and a new period of five years’ probation.

Tyler D. Collins, 19, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to nine months in the PSB, with credit for time served. He also was ordered to pay $2,263 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in July in Lewis County Court for convictions on two counts of third-degree attempted burglary and a single count of third-degree burglary for breaking into seasonal camps. He admitted violating probation by being charged more than once with shoplifting and by failing to follow through with a substance abuse evaluation.

Samuel J. Hearring, 29, no fixed address, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted robbery and was sentenced to time served at the PSB. He admitted that on Oct. 18 he tried to forcibly steal property from Great American, 672 State St., while punching the store’s manager, Richard E. Lockwood, in the face.

Michael L. Gascon, 24, of 43762 Fourth St., Redwood, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that in March or April, with another man, he tried to enter Bonnie Castle Marina in Alexandria Bay with the intent to steal something. He is expected to be sentenced April 19 to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Terry L. Gebo, 52, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that on Jan. 7 he violated an order of protection held by Mary M. Charland by dumping a bucket of marbles on her head at the Salina Street apartment they shared. He is expected to be sentenced April 17 to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation.

Trudi L. Harney, 44, of 520 Gotham St., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. She used an Alford plea, meaning she did not admit 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. Assistant District Attorney Rodney W. Kyle told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz that, if the matter proceeded to trial, prosecutors would introduce evidence from a witness that on Nov. 26 Ms. Harney struck Benjamin M. Kilburn on his head several times with a glass wine bottle at their residence. She is expected to be sentenced April 17 to no worse than probation supervision.

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