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Watertown man faces 3 years in prison for sexual contact with minor

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A Watertown man faces three years in state prison after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he had sexual contact with a juvenile.

Jeremy J. Countryman, 29, whose last known address was 611 Addison St., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sex act. He admitted that on Oct. 31, he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy in Watertown.

In addition to a prison term, he is expected at sentencing June 17 to be ordered to undergo seven additional years of supervision upon his release and to register with the state as a sex offender.

In other court activity:

Dominic M. Walters, 22, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. He admitted that sometime in September, with Richard E. Reinhardt II, 22, Fort Drum, he went into a unit at U Lock It Storage, 26842 Holbrook Road, Evans Mills, intending to steal something. He is expected to be sentenced July 2 to two to six years in prison and be ordered to pay his share of $13,770 restitution. He also is expected to be sentenced June 28 in Lewis County Court to a concurrent prison term for a third-degree burglary conviction there. Mr. Reinhardt pleaded guilty in April to third-degree burglary in connection with the incident in Evans Mills and is expected to be sentenced May 31 to 1 to 4 years in prison.

Joseph M. Patterson, 35, Watertown, admitted violating probation and is expected to be resentenced June 7 to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision. He was serving a five-year probation term imposed in June 2011 for third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted violating probation by absconding from supervision by not reporting to his probation officer since November 2011.

Daniel J. George, 20, Cape Vincent, pleaded guilty to petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that on March 1 in the town of Clayton, he stole hydrocodone from another person and possessed the controlled substance without a prescription. He is expected to be sentenced June 19 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and three years’ probation.

Joseph S. Barney, 33, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in December with possessing a 1996 Dodge pickup that had been stolen from Rusty Smith on Oct. 1 in the town of Champion and with having a stolen title for a motor vehicle and stolen license plates. He is expected to be sentenced June 28 to time served at the PSB and probation.

Patrick A. Francis, 18, Syracuse, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for a Jan. 9 admission that he violated probation, to which he had been sentenced in April 2011 for convictions on two counts of second-degree assault and a single count of third-degree criminal mischief, having admitted he injured two corrections officers at the PSB during a March 2011 struggle at the jail. Information about what led to the probation violation was not available from the court.

Joshua D. Brownell, 30, Watertown, was sentenced to a total of 18 months in the PSB for Feb. 13 guilty pleas to two counts of petit larceny and a single count of reckless driving stemming from three incidents. He admitted that on April 11, he stole a piece of jewelry valued at $2,000 from Sam’s Club on Route 3 in the town of Watertown and that the following day he stole a pair of safety glasses from a hardware store. He also admitted that he drove recklessly Dec. 16 in Watertown, traveling at 53 mph in a 30-mph zone. He was sentenced to a year in the PSB on one petit larceny charge and a consecutive six months for the second petit larceny. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge on the reckless driving charge.

Travis P. Berkman, 26, Clayton, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine within the county in late March and again in early April. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail.

Daniel L. Rivers, 22, Watertown, was arraigned on a sealed indictment containing two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It was alleged that he sold heroin March 18 and again a week later. After arraignment, he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting that he tried to sell heroin March 18. He is expected to be sentenced June 26 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Kristian A. Baxter, 20, Fort Drum, was arraigned on a sealed indictment containing a charge of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana. It is alleged that he sold more than 25 grams of the drug in mid-December within the county. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was ordered held at the PSB on $5,000 bail.

William B. McCrory Jr., 33, was arraigned as a fugitive from justice, wanted in Wisconsin for an alleged parole violation. He waived his extradition rights and agreed to be returned to Wisconsin to face matters there. He also was charged Saturday by Watertown police with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing narcotic pills, including methadone. That charge remains pending in City Court.

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