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Watertown man faces prison for cocaine sale try

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A Watertown man faces three years in state prison after admitting Friday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to sell cocaine in March.

Norman M. Logan, 32, whose last known address was 194 Cedar St., rear apartment, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting he tried to sell the drug March 28 in Watertown.

He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 28 to three years in prison, followed by an additional three years of supervision upon his release. He will be sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in April 2011 of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and sentenced in May 2011 to 2 years in prison.

In other court activity:

Jannah R. Smith, 36, whose last known address was 648 Bronson St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and admitted violating probation. She admitted trying to sell cocaine within the county Jan. 11. At the time, she was serving five years’ probation imposed in October for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She violated probation by being convicted of the new crime.

She is due to be sentenced Sept. 23 to four years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that she serve her sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. If inmates complete the 90-day program, they serve the remainder of their sentence under parole supervision.

Christopher G. Walts, 22, Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and admitted violating probation. He admitted that on March 4 he damaged property belonging to his mother on Kaiser Road in the town LeRay. At the time, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in January for a felony driving while intoxicated conviction. He violated supervision by being convicted of the new crime. He is expected to be resentenced Aug. 28 to one to three years in prison on the DWI conviction.

Brandon J. Barnett, 19, whose last known address was 24097 Route 12, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use marijuana and cocaine while under supervision.

Rodney H. Pierce, 46, whose last known address was 522 Emerson St., Apt. 8, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that on May 14 he violated an order of protection held by Tina M. Monica by calling her. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 25 to a year in the PSB.

Adam R. Snyder, 30, of 324 Stone St., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Dec. 12 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 25 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

James W. Countryman, 28, whose last known address was 20276 Route 181, LaFargeville, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He admitted that on April 13 in Clayton he possessed checks that had been forged on the account of Helen Shampine without her permission.

Jamel M. Smalls, 33, an inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, was arraigned on two counts each of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree promoting prison contraband. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that while incarcerated March 24 at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility he possessed two controlled substances with prescriptions. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was returned to the Gouverneur prison.

Yahia Tellat, 23, Kissimmee, Fla., was arraigned as a fugitive wanted in Florida on a warrant alleging battery, tampering with a witness, depriving a person access to 911 emergency dispatch and false imprisonment.

A citizen of Morocco, Mr. Tellat was turned away from the Canadian border June 15 when Canada Border Services Agency officers discovered the warrant and returned him to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. He agreed to waive his extradition rights and be returned to Florida.

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