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Migrant worker sentenced to prison for fatal DWI crash in Ellisburg

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A migrant farmworker from Mexico was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to up to 4 years in state prison for killing another worker while driving a vehicle while intoxicated.

Amado Hernandez-Alvarado, 23, Mexico City, was sentenced to 1 to 4 years in prison after an April 15 guilty plea to vehicular manslaughter.

He admitted he was under the influence of alcohol July 28 when the pickup truck he was driving went off Lake Road and overturned, killing Rafael Espinoza, 33, Quintana Roo, Mexico, whom Mr. Hernandez-Alvarado described as his best friend.

At the time of the accident, the Sheriff’s Department said Mr. Hernandez-Alvarado had been working at Sheland Farms in Ellisburg for about eight years, presenting immigration documents containing assumed names. It later was determined he did not have proper documentation allowing him to work in the United States.

He likely will face deportation proceedings upon his release from prison.

In other court activity:

Scott J. LeClair, 48, Churubusco, Clinton County, was sentenced to 1 years in prison, followed by an additional year of supervision upon his release, after an April 29 guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine-making materials. He admitted that he possessed the materials Jan. 2 in the village of Philadelphia. Sheriff’s deputies discovered the materials after stopping Mr. LeClair’s van for speeding on Route 11.

Kenneth P. Louviere, 43, Clayton, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and 10 years’ probation for an April 15 guilty plea to first-degree disseminating indecent materials to a child and luring a child.

He admitted that he communicated with an underage girl over the Internet and then arranged to meet who he thought was the 14-year-old girl Nov. 17 in Adams. Instead, he was met by a sheriff’s deputy. He also was ordered Tuesday to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender.

Terrah K. Frederick, 24, Adams Center, was sentenced to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation after April 15 guilty pleas to fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree criminal contempt as a result of separate incidents. She admitted that she stole more than $1,000 from the Nice N Easy convenience store on Route 342 in the town of Pamelia while working there from Aug. 2 to Sept. 10.

She also admitted violating an order of protection held by her wife, Christina L. Frederick, by pulling her hair during a March 12 altercation. She was ordered to pay $1,395 in restitution to Nice N Easy.

David T. Harrigan, 62, Watertown, was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $1,000 after an April 15 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Aug. 16 on Route 342 in the town of Pamelia after having been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in 2004. He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Lamar A. Perkins, 24, town of Pamelia, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property as a result of three separate incidents. He admitted that on Nov. 3 he stole a gold necklace and a pair of earrings belonging to Chassidy J. Macon, Watertown, from a room at Holiday Inn Express, 1290 Arsenal St. He also admitted that on March 11 in Watertown he possessed two gold rings and two necklaces that had been stolen from Mario A. Mendez, Watertown. He further admitted that he used a stolen credit card belonging to Taylor E. Fleming on Feb. 19 to buy $44.36 worth of merchandise at Family Dollar, 146 Arsenal St. He is expected to be sentenced July 29 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay restitution in an amount still to be determined.

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