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Inmate admits trying to possess narcotic at Cape Vincent prison

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A state prison inmate faces two additional years’ incarceration after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to possess a controlled substance at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility.

Jamel M. Smalls, 34, now incarcerated at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, admitting that he tried to possess a narcotic without a prescription March 24 at the Cape Vincent prison. The plea cancels a trial that was scheduled for next week in the matter.

Mr. Smalls is scheduled to be sentenced March 28 to two years in prison, followed by an additional year of supervision upon his release. The sentence will be served consecutive to a 16- to 19-year sentence he is serving which was imposed in Albany County in 1998 for a second-degree attempted murder conviction.

In other court activity Wednesday:

Victor E. Leponto, 33, of 312 Gale St., pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and third-degree reckless endangerment.

He admitted that on Aug. 11 he backed up his vehicle while Autumn J. Neff, Watertown, was standing near a passenger door holding a 1-week-old boy, causing both of them to fall to the ground, during a domestic dispute at her home. The child suffered bruising. Mr. Leponto is expected to be sentenced March 12 to probation and be ordered to perform 160 hours of community service.

William R. Frawley, 32, no fixed address, formerly of Newton Falls, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that on Oct. 7 in the town of Theresa, he violated a Family Court order of protection held by Jamie Roshia. He is expected to be sentenced March 26 to no worse than probation.

Johan Gomez, 29, an inmate at Riverview Correctional Facility, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting prison contraband, admitting that on April 18 he possessed a folded metal can lid while incarcerated at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. He was subsequently sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge. He is serving a three-year prison sentence imposed in 2012 in Monroe County for a second-degree criminal possession of a weapon conviction.

Dennis N. Arquiett, 32, whose last known address was in Black River, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to nine months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in County Court in August 2011 for a second-degree criminal trespass conviction. He admitted violating supervision by not reporting to his probation officer as required.

Rebecca M. Campbell, 33, whose last known address was in Adams, was sentenced to nine months in the PSB after pleading guilty Nov. 26 to petit larceny. She admitted that she stole cash and a laptop computer May 22 in Watertown. She was also ordered to pay $2,550 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment.

Tyrone Harris, 41, Watertown, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Nov. 20 to third-degree attempted burglary and attempted aggravated criminal contempt. He admitted that on May 1 he tried to go into the Emerson Place residence of Lucinda N. Pauling with the intent to commit a crime. By doing so, he also tried to disobey a City Court order of protection she held against him.

Jennifer L. Busic, 36, of 419 Prospect St., was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $4,539 in restitution after pleading guilty Dec. 2 to fourth-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud. She was charged with obtaining benefits from the Department of Social Services to which she was not entitled from Oct. 1, 2012, to April 30 by withholding information about her income.

In court activity Tuesday:

Joshua W. Carlisle, 30, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell heroin within the county Sept. 5. He is expected to be sentenced March 10 to three years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

Jami R. Smith, 39, of 657 Olive St., pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He admitted driving while intoxicated Oct. 30 on Academy Street while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked. The charge was a felony because he had been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in County Court in October 2010. He is expected to be sentenced March 14 to five years’ probation and be fined $1,500. He also will have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Richard D. Rosario, 22, Syracuse, formerly of Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He admitted that he stole a credit card Aug. 7 from a vehicle on Columbia Street. He is expected to be sentenced July 18 to no worse than five years’ probation.

Angelo L. Lopez, 51, of 24098 Route 12, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Susan Weinbrecht on Oct. 15 in the town of Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced March 11 to three years’ probation.

Samantha B. Adams, 23, of 358 W. Lynde St., Apt. B, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. She admitted that she violated an order of protection held by Daniel Bryant by having unwanted physical contact with him Nov. 17 in Watertown. She is expected to be sentenced March 11 to three years’ probation.

Cynthia L. Clark, 59, of 16338 Evans Road, Dexter, pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. She admitted that between last January and August she tried to receive food stamp and Medicaid benefits while failing to report income from a job to the Department of Social Services. She is expected to be sentenced March 12 to no worse than probation and be ordered to pay $4,770 in restitution.

Michael K. Saber, 26, of 63 Anderson Ave., Deferiet, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted that on Aug. 22 in the town of Wilna he possessed a 9 mm pistol without a permit. He is expected to be sentenced March 25 to no worse than probation.

Michael S. O’Connor, 42, Malone, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass. He entered his plea using an Alford plea, meaning that he did not admit to the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid being convicted at trial of a more serious offense. He was accused of unlawfully entering property belonging to Paul Coleman on Aug. 6 in Alexandria Bay. He subsequently was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and paid $825 in restitution up front.

Heather D. Howard, 38, also known as Heather D. Williams, Adams, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the PSB. She was serving five years’ probation imposed in November 2012 for third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree attempted forgery.

She admitted violating probation by using cocaine while under supervision and by failing to report to her probation officer.

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