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Clayton woman, Watertown man admitted to Hamilton County burglaries

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A Clayton woman scheduled to be sentenced today in Jefferson County Court to state prison and a Watertown man who served jail time in the county for possessing methamphetamine-making materials have admitted they also committed a string of burglaries in Hamilton County.

Andrea L. Lynch, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hamilton County Court, Indian Lake, to fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree burglary to satisfy seven charges brought against her by state police, while Hugh J. Broadbent, 28, previously pleaded guilty to all 19 charges contained in a grand jury indictment, including four third-degree burglary counts, according to state police at Ray Brook. The charges stemmed from burglaries at homes and seasonal residences in Hamilton County, part of a string that also included burglaries in Lewis and Herkimer counties.

Police said Mr. Broadbent has agreed to a sentence in Hamilton County that includes five to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Oct. 31. Ms. Lynch is due to be sentenced Nov. 20, although police did not specify terms of the proposed sentence.

Ms. Lynch already faces a two- to four-year sentence in County Court after a Sept. 18 guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny and admission that she violated probation. She admitted that during June and July she stole $6,334 from Jreck Subs in Clayton. At the time, she was serving five years’ probation imposed for guilty pleas in September 2012 to fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.

In that case, she admitted that between Sept. 1 and 11, 2011, she stole more than $1,000 from her employer, Sunnybank Restaurant, Cape Vincent. She also admitted that on Jan. 23 or 24, 2011, she possessed pseudoephedrine, lithium, ammonium nitrate and other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine at her residence.

At the time of her Sept. 18 plea, Judge Kim H. Martusewicz said Ms. Lynch still may face additional prison time for violating federal parole. She was sentenced in November in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to nine months’ time served for a June 25, 2012, guilty plea to misappropriation of postal funds. She admitted that while working at post offices in Theresa, Fishers Landing and LaFargeville, she embezzled 213 money orders totaling $51,162 without purchasing or processing any of the money orders through the St. Louis Federal Reserve, in violation of federal law. The U.S. attorney’s office said Ms. Lynch admitted using the money orders to support a heroin addiction.

Mr. Broadbent pleaded guilty in March 2012 in County Court to second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine-making materials, admitting that he possessed items used for the manufacture of methamphetamine at Ms. Lynch’s Deferno Road home. He was sentenced in May 2012 to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, from which he was released Oct. 10, 2012.

Both are being held at the Hamilton County jail.

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