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Watertown man faces 3 years in prison for cocaine sale

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A Watertown man faces 3 years in state prison after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he sold cocaine.

Ryan T. Mansfield-Martin, 27, whose last known address was 357 Franklin St., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted he sold the drug June 10 in Watertown.

In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release at sentencing Nov. 19. Mr. Mansfield-Martin is on parole, having been released from prison Jan. 15, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

He had been sentenced in County Court in June 2011 to three years in prison after a conviction of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, having been accused of selling cocaine in September 2010. He also had been sentenced in County Court in February 2010 to two years in prison for a third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction, again involving cocaine. He was sentenced in that case under the prison system’s Willard Drug Rehabilitation Program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision. Mr. Mansfield-Martin was released from prison under parole supervision in June 2010, according to the state prison website.

In other court activity:

Devontae T. Batson, 20, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug Aug. 21 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 11 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

James R. Alexander, 34, Rochester, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He admitted he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Feb. 18 in Watertown. He further admitted that on the same day, he pulled away from officers who were trying to arrest him and that he refused to place his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed. He was arrested outside a State Street bar after officers said he was seen urinating in public. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 9 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Antoine Gary, 40, Philadelphia, Pa., 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 a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine within the county on a mid-July day and again two days later. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail.

Mr. Gary is on parole, having been sentenced in County Court in August 2012 to a year in prison, followed by one year of post-release supervision, for violating probation by absconding from supervision. He was serving probation for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, having admitted that he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown. He was released from prison in March, according to the Corrections website.

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