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Watertown man faces five years in prison for stabbing woman

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WATERTOWN — A Watertown man faces five years in state prison after admitting Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he stabbed a woman in the chest and injured another woman.

Lisandro Torres, 34, whose last known address was 132 Central St., pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and aggravated criminal contempt. He admitted that on Sept. 12 he stabbed Alicia E. Hollenbeck with a knife and that he injured his live-in girlfriend, Jessica E. West, in violation of an order of protection she held against him.

Mr. Torres also admitted that, by committing the new crimes, he violated probation. At the time of the incident, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in County Court after a felony criminal contempt conviction, with the victim again being Ms. West.

In addition to the prison term, Mr. Torres is expected to be ordered to undergo an additional two years of supervision upon his release at sentencing June 10.

In other court activity:

Bernard E. Plummer Jr., 37, Watertown, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty March 25 to fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree identity theft. He also was ordered to pay $3,193 in restitution. He was charged in September with taking the credit card of Carol and Robert Plummer, Watertown, and using it to spend more than $2,000, at times presenting himself as one of the two owners. He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in 2006 of third-degree burglary.

Justa L. Tupper, 30, of 44208 Lime St., Natural Bridge, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after pleading guilty March 7 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She had been charged Jan. 17 with possessing 34 oxycodone pills with no prescription in the town of Pamelia.

Ronald H. McKenny, 28, a resident of Maryland, was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty March 24 to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine April 18, 2013, in Watertown.

Rhonda M. Thomas, 33, whose last known address was 1005 Bronson St., was sentenced to time served at the PSB after pleading guilty Jan. 10 to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and admitting violating probation. She was charged Sept. 16 and accused of possessing a black 9mm High Point semiautomatic handgun with an ammunition magazine in her home. At the time, she was serving five years’ probation imposed in August for third-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance. She violated probation by being charged with the new crime.

Lisa M. Roberts, 44, of 457 Holly St., pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud. She admitted to receiving $37,222 in benefits from the Department of Social Services to which she was not entitled by providing false information to the department between April 1, 2009, and June 30, 2013. She is expected to be sentenced June 25 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay full restitution.

Patrick J. Burke, 38, Carthage, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that on July 18 he possessed hydrocodone with the intent to either sell or give away the drug. He is expected to be sentenced June 27 to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Sean M. Sullivan, 31, of 22869 County Route 59, Dexter, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. He admitted that he injured Michael Sullivan on Feb. 8 in the town of Brownville. Police said at the time of the incident that Mr. Sullivan struck his victim in the head with a thrown chair. Sentencing was deferred while Mr. Sullivan receives anger management counseling. If he completes the counseling, he will be sentenced to a conditional discharge.

Shaymus B. Drake, 20, Carthage, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the PSB. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in December for third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Information about what led to the probation violation was not available.

Joshua D. Winkempleck, 28, of 504 Adelaide St., Carthage, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to time served at the PSB. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in 2011 for fourth-degree grand larceny. Information about what led to the probation violation was not available.

Joseph F. Wilcox, 27, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to time served at the PSB. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in 2010 for a third-degree burglary conviction. He admitted violating supervision by being charged with new crimes.

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