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Chaumont man sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing Watertown bar

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A Chaumont man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to up to seven years in state prison for robbing a Court Street bar at knife point.

Brandon T. Thompson, 25, whose last known address was 11385 Circle Drive, was sentenced to 3 to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty Dec. 18 to third-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He had been charged May 8 with displaying a knife at the Hitchin’ Post Tavern, 404 Court St., in a threatening manner while forcibly taking about $88 from a cash register.

He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in May 2012 of third-degree burglary for breaking into a town of Clayton residence.

In other court activity:

Dejuan J. Butler, 23, Ogdensburg, was sentenced to 3 years in prison, followed by an additional three years of supervision upon his release, after pleading guilty Nov. 6 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug within the county Nov. 5, 2012. His sentence will run concurrently with a seven-year sentence imposed in St. Lawrence County Court in November for a drug sale conviction.

Michael K. Gaston, Utica, was sentenced to a year in prison, followed by an additional year of supervision upon his release, after a Dec. 16 guilty plea to drug charges. He had been accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in October of having and selling cocaine within the county in June.

Gaige W. Knapp, 20, Watertown, was sentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Dec. 17 to criminally negligent homicide. He had been accused in an indictment handed up in August of causing the death of Trevor D. Robinson, 17, by operating a vehicle at a speed in excess of 100 mph on Sept. 1, 2012, on Route 289 in the town of Ellisburg when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to hit an embankment and roll over several times.

“I just want to say that I’m truly sorry for this tragedy,” he told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz before sentencing. He also had his driver’s license revoked.

Kristopher M. Royce, 23, Springfield, Vt., was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and 10 years’ probation after an earlier guilty plea to charges that he had sexual contact with children ages 5 and 7 between September 2005 and February 2006 in the town of Rutland. He also was ordered to register with the state as a Level 3 sex offender.

Andrew A. Wren, 25, whose last known address was 324 Academy St., was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $1,500 after pleading guilty Dec. 10 to felony driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and obstructing governmental administration. He was charged with driving while intoxicated while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked Dec. 24 on Gotham Street. He also was charged with refusing to provide his personal information to police. He additionally had his driver’s revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Caleb M. Burns, 27, of 206 Franklin St., Apt. 103, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on April 6 he tried to enter a residence on West Grove Street in Dexter with the intent to commit a crime. He is expected to be sentenced April 18 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay $3,872 in restitution.

Jason W. Meeker, 36, of 411 S. Mechanic St., Carthage, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that on Dec. 9 he tried to enter the Winslow Street apartment of Thomas J. Sweredoski with the intent to steal something. He is expected to be sentenced April 15 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Gabriel E. Jewett, 21, of 3966 Factory St., Natural Bridge, pleaded guilty to third-degree forgery. He admitted that he forged a check belonging to Edward Jewett on July 27 in Carthage. He is expected to be sentenced March 28 to time served at the PSB and probation.

Scott A. Casario, 46, of 661 Factory St., Apt. 12, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Andrea L. Cain, Sackets Harbor, by being in her presence Dec. 9 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced April 15 to three years’ probation.

Chris M. Gushlaw, 48, of 35572 Route 12, Clayton, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Shawna G. Gushlaw by calling her Oct. 18 in the town of Brownville. He is expected to be sentenced April 14 to no worse than probation.

Patricia A. Thomson, 37, of 28971 Route 126, Black River, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct. She admitted that she had sexual contact with a male under the age of 17 on Sept. 2 in the town of Rutland. She is expected to be sentenced April 16 to no worse than probation and be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender.

Daniel J. George, 21, Cape Vincent, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to time served at the PSB. He admitted violating probation by failing to report to his probation officer as required. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in June for petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance convictions.

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