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CANTON — Only four days away from being deported, Mexican citizen Jugo Gomez, 23, currently an inmate of Gouverneur Correctional Facility, was sentenced Monday in St. Lawrence County Court to an additional 1˝ to three years in prison after being caught with a makeshift knife or “shank”.

On April 1, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards accepted Mr. Gomez’s guilty plea to the Nov. 7 charge of first-degree attempting to promote prison contraband, a class E felony.

Mr. Gomez was concluding a nine-year sentence for charges of first-degree robbery, a class B felony. He was sentenced on that charge out of Queens County Court on Oct. 12, 2006, and received credits for programs he completed while incarcerated, earning him early release.

Mr. Gomez was being held on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement warrant and was scheduled to be deported on Friday, before he was faced with the new charge.

Mr. Gomez was sentenced to serve a consecutive, indeterminate amount of time with a minimum of 1˝ years and a maximum of three years in state prison. He also was ordered to pay fines, fees and surcharges totaling $375.

In other court action Monday:

Jeremy J. Allen, 31, of 156 St. Lawrence Ave., Waddington, was sentenced to one year interim probation after an April 1 guilty plea to a driving while intoxicated charge, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Allen allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent while operating a 1967 Chevrolet on Oak Street on Aug. 5 after his operating privileges had been revoked.

Under state law, a BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered intoxication.

Robert L. Murphy, 54, of 702 Main St., Morristown, was sentenced to five years of probation after an April 1 guilty plea to a felony DWI.

Mr. Murphy crashed his 2000 Chevrolet on Aug. 7 on Haggert Road in the town of Oswegatchie, state police reported at the time of arrest. His BAC was listed as 0.16 percent. Mr. Murphy was charged with a felony because he had a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years, having been convicted in 2005, according to the indictment.

Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, Massena, appeared with his attorney, Edward F. Narrow, for another shot at changing his securing order by filing a June 13 order to show cause.

Mr. Lloyd currently is being held without bail in the St. Lawrence County jail on charges related to an alleged kidnapping attempt in Massena.

Judge Richards outright denied the application to consider amending Mr. Lloyd’s confinement terms from held without bail to held in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond, saying Mr. Lloyd had been before the court more than twice, less than the six appearances District Attorney Nicole Duvé suggested.

“Mr. Lloyd had more than one bite at the apple to apply for the change of securing order,” Judge Richards said. “I’m not going to entertain this motion.”

The judge sent Mr. Lloyd back to the St. Lawrence County jail.

Terry L. Sweeney, 43, Potsdam, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated DWI and two counts of DWI, all felony charges.

It is alleged that on Feb. 23, Mr. Sweeney was operating a 2008 Dodge with a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent on Depot Street, Potsdam, according to a grand jury report dated June 13.

A BAC level of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

A DWI charge is a felony when there is a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years.

Mr. Sweeney has a previous DWI misdemeanor conviction on July 15, 2009, in Potsdam.

Mr. Sweeney was released under probation supervision.

Matthew P. VanHyning, 24, of 6232 County Route 27, Lot 3, Canton, was sentenced to three years of probation after an April 18 guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

Mr. VanHyning was in possession of 1.55 pounds of marijuana on Dec. 6 in the town of Potsdam.

He also was ordered to pay $250 in fines, fees and surcharges and a restitution of $150.

Bruce A. Cockayne, 50, of 32 McCarthy Road, was sentenced to five years of probation after a Feb. 19 guilty plea to a class E felony DWI charge.

Mr. Cockayne, who was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Ogdensburg in February 2009, was stopped by state police for a signal light violation on March 28 of last year. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 percent, troopers said.

Mr. Cockayne also was ordered to pay fines, fees and surcharges of $2,070.

Amber Sanderson, 24, DeKalb Junction, was sentenced to five years of probation after a March 18 guilty plea to a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. The charge is in connection with a Nov. 22, 2011, sale of oxycodone in the town of Hermon.

Ms. Sanderson also was ordered to pay fines, fees and surcharges amounting to $375 and a restitution of $1,191.62.

Zachary A. King, 24, of 722 Franklin St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony.

Mr. King was arrested on Oct. 25 in connection with two Oct. 24 break-ins, one at the home of Sean D. Barber, 45, at 422 Pine St., and the other at the residence of James A. Adams, 63, at 721 Elizabeth St.

Mr. King admitted to Judge Richards that he was in possession of goods, valued at $1,500, including a Dura-heat Salamander, copper scraps, power tools and a mini dirt bike.

Mr. King was released under probation supervision and is scheduled to return for sentencing on Sept. 9 at 9:15 a.m.

Jesse J. Johnson, 30, of 111 Guiles Rd., Edwards, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated DWI and two counts of DWI, all class E felonies.

According to a grand jury indictment, Mr. Johnson allegedly operated a 1999 Hyundai on county Route 27 in Canton with a BAC of 0.18 percent.

Mr. Johnson has a previous DWI misdemeanor conviction in the town of Huron Court, county of Wayne on Sept. 24, 2008.

Upon completion of arraignment, Mr. Johnson was sent for a urine test and tested positive for marijuana. He was released under probation supervision.

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