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A Watertown man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to up to three years in state prison for trying to possess a knife at a city tavern.

Ricky J. Hodkinson II, 26, whose last known address was 140 High St., Apt. 6, was sentenced to an indeterminate term of one to three years in prison for a Feb. 1 guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He entered his plea using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of being convicted of a more serious offense at trial. He was charged Nov. 16 with trying to possess a knife with the intent to use it unlawfully against Randy A. Hardison, Watertown, at 329 High St. Police said at the time that Mr. Hardison suffered a stab wound to his leg.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been sentenced in 2004 in County Court to five years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to second-degree menacing for threatening his mother with a sword.

In other activity Monday, Stanley M. Layo, 45, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in July with stealing more than $3,000 from the former Mobil Mart on Arsenal Street between April 1, 2007, and July 16, 2007. It was claimed he defrauded the convenience store and the state Lottery by entering false succession numbers for “instant win” lottery tickets on a daily log kept at the store, altering the number of tickets sold to cover up that he was stealing tickets.

He is due to be sentenced May 3. It is expected that he will be sentenced to a one-year period of interim probation. If he pays $10,000 of a total of $45,000 due in restitution by the end of the year, he will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to the felony count and instead plead guilty to the misdemeanor count of fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. He also will be ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution in each of the next two years and pay the remaining $15,000 in the form of a civil judgment.

In court activity Friday:

Tyrone L. Hale, 40, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and admitted violating probation. He was accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in November with selling heroin within the county. At the time he was serving five years’ probation imposed in February 2012 for a December 2011 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property after having been accused of selling jewelry stolen from a Black River woman. He violated probation by being convicted of the new crime. He is expected to be sentenced March 29 to 3 years in prison, followed by an additional two years of supervision upon his release.

James M. Mayhew, 35, Carthage, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Further information about the charges was not available from the court. He is due to be sentenced May 3.

Levan Goodman Jr., 34, Watertown, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine twice on the same day in mid-November. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $20,000 bail.

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