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Cape Vincent man sentenced to prison for violating Drug Court

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A Cape Vincent man was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison after admitting he violated terms of his Drug Court contract.

Thomas E. Moran, 39, whose last known address was 4582 Bach Lane, was sentenced to 16 months to four years and fined $4,500 for violating conditions of a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed as an alternative to incarceration.

Mr. Moran was referred to the program in October after pleading guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, boating while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that he drove with a blood alcohol content above 0.18 percent on June 2 on Interstate 81 in Ellisburg while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense.

A BAC of 0.08 percent or higher is considered proof of intoxication under state law, while aggravated DWI is charged when a motorist’s BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

Sheriff’s deputies reported that Mr. Moran’s BAC was 0.27 percent after his vehicle was halted for alleged involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Oswego County. He further admitted that he boated Aug. 6 in Alexandria with a BAC of 0.31 percent, and that he unlawfully possessed a loaded .38-caliber revolver Oct. 26 in Cape Vincent.

Mr. Moran admitted violating Drug Court conditions by failing to follow through with treatment recommendations. Besides the prison term and fine, his driver’s license wasrevoked and he was ordered to install an ignition-interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Had he successfully completed Drug Court, he was expected to be sentenced to five years’ probation and fines.

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