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A Watertown man faces more than two years in state prison after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he possessed heroin in one incident and an illegal dagger in a second incident.

Julian A. James, 28, whose last known address was 1049 Huntington St., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.

He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in February with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug in July 2012. When police attempted to arrest him on a warrant stemming from the indictment in March, he pushed officers and tried to keep them from handcuffing him after they told him he was under arrest. He also was found to be in possession of a double-edged dagger, which was illegal for him to possess because he had been convicted in December 2010 of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, cocaine.

He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 6 to 2 years in state prison, followed by an additional two years of supervision upon his release. He will be sentenced as a second-felony offender based on the December 2010 drug conviction.

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