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Watertown man faces 7 years in prison for selling cocaine

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A Watertown man faces 7 years in state prison after admitting Friday in Jefferson County Court that he sold cocaine within the county.

Kevin L. Riddick, 55, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he sold cocaine and that he tried to possess the drug June 23.

In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be sentenced Dec. 9 to three years of additional supervision upon his release. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that he serve his sentence in 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.

In other court activity:

Clifford J. Mele, 31, Harrisville, pleaded guilty to attempted use of a child in a sexual performance. He admitted that he tried to use a 14-year-old girl in a sexual performance in November in the town LeRay. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 18 to two to four years in prison. Mr. Mele is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in County Court in 2007 to 1 to 3 years in prison for a third-degree rape conviction for having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.

Carl D. Burns Jr., 17, Massena, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse. He admitted that he touched a 4-year-old girl in a sexual manner April 3 in the town of Alexandria. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 20 to 10 years’ probation.

Joel R. Gillespie, 32, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell heroin May 20 and that he tried to possess methamphetamine on May 26. That charge stemmed from the discovery of a methamphetamine lab at 657 Bronson St. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 20 to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, followed by five years’ probation.

Donnie L. Barrigar, 29, no fixed address, pleaded guilty to third-degree arson. He had been charged in June with pouring an accelerant onto the front seat of a vehicle owned by Andrew T. Martin and lighting it on fire on Hancock Street. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 13 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation, as well as be ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

Marcus E. Hood, 27, Evans Mills, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine June 6 within the county. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 20 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Catherine G. Arie, 50, Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated June 9 at the north gate of Fort Drum in the town of LeRay. She is expected to be sentenced Dec. 18 to five days in the PSB and three years’ probation.

She also will be fined $2,500, have her driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she owns or operates.

Katie L. Dixon, 24, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. She admitted that she damaged property belonging to John R. Hill, Watertown, on April 25. She subsequently was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after paying $550 in restitution.

Travis L. Worrell, 24, Watertown, was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by three years’ post-release supervision, after a Sept. 18 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting that he tried to sell cocaine within the county July 10. Mr. Worrell is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in County Court in September 2012 to two years in prison on a conviction of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, for having tried to sell cocaine in Watertown in April 2012. According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s website, he was released from prison under parole supervision in May.

Andrea L. Lynch, 30, Clayton, was sentenced to two to four years in prison and ordered to pay $5,673 in restitution after a Sept. 18 guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny and an admission that she violated probation. She admitted that during June and July she stole more than $6,000 from Jreck Subs in Clayton. She also admitted violating probation, to which she had been sentenced in November for manufacturing methamphetamine at her home and stealing money from another employer. She was serving five years’ probation imposed for guilty pleas in September 2012 to fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.

Judge Martusewicz mandated that Mrs. Lynch serve her sentence in the Willard program. She also faces sentencing Nov. 20 in Hamilton County Court, Indian Lake, after pleading guilty last Tuesday to fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree burglary charges there.

Roger D. Brogdon Jr., 24, Watertown, was sentenced to two to four years in prison after a Sept. 23 guilty plea to third-degree attempted burglary and an admission that he violated probation. He admitted that he tried to enter the Columbia Street residence of Muranda Johnson with the intent of stealing something Jan. 3. At the time, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in March 2012 in County Court for a conviction of third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crime. Judge Martusewicz mandated that he serve his sentence in the Willard program.

Curtis H. Sprague, 36, Watertown, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender after an Aug. 26 guilty plea to possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child. He admitted that he possessed an image on his computer that depicted sexual conduct by a child. Police had executed a warrant at his former residence in Black River based on information obtained by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Sir-Paris R. Hall, 23, Bronx, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after a Sept. 11 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that, with others, he tried to possess heroin with the intent to sell the drug June 25 in the town of Watertown. He was charged with possessing heroin following a traffic stop on Route 11. His probation supervision will be transferred to Bronx County.

Thomas L. Clinch, 47, Watertown, was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $1,500 for Aug. 26 guilty pleas to misdemeanor DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He admitted that he drove while intoxicated May 23 on Route 126 in the town of Rutland while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. He also had his driver’s license revoked and is subject to the interlock provision.

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