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Watertown woman sentenced up to 8 years in prison for Drug Court violation

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WATERTOWN — A Watertown woman was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to up to 8 years in state prison for violating terms of her Drug Court contract.

Michaele J. Reid, 26, whose last known address was 194 Cedar St., was sentenced after pleading guilty April 3 to second-degree bail jumping and admitting that she violated terms of Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration.

She was referred to the program in May 2013 after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in April 2013 with selling cocaine twice on the same day in late March 2013. She admitted violating conditions of the program by absconding from its supervision, having last reported to the program in November.

She was sentenced to 5 years in prison, followed by an additional two years of supervision upon her release, on the drug sale conviction. She was sentenced to a consecutive term of 1 to 3 years in prison on the bail-jumping count. Had she successfully completed Drug Court, she faced a sentence of five years’ probation.

In other court activity, Kjerstin L. Krohn, 37, whose last known address was 17951 North VanAllen Road, successfully completed Drug Court and was allowed to have a March 2013 guilty plea to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child as a passenger vacated and enter a plea to misdemeanor DWI. She then was sentenced to three years’ probation, was fined $1,000, had her driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she owns or operates.

She had admitted she was intoxicated in November 2011 when her vehicle struck a utility pole on County Route 67 in the town of Watertown. Police said at the time that Mrs. Krohn and an 11-year-old girl were taken to Samaritan Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries, while two other children, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, were not injured. Had she not completed Drug Court, she faced a prison sentence of one to three years.

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