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Watertown man faces return to prison for heroin sale try

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WATERTOWN — A city man faces a return to state prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to trying to sell heroin.

Elliott A. Mason, 28, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He had been charged in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court in November with having and selling heroin within the county Aug. 19.

In addition to the prison term, he is expected at his May 9 sentencing to be ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release. Mr. Mason is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in County Court in April 2012 to 18 months in prison for attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, stemming from an incident involving cocaine in August 2011. He was released from prison under parole supervision Nov. 15, 2012, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In other court activity:

Dominique M. Lanaux, 27, Utica, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree promoting prostitution. She entered her plea using an Alford plea, meaning she did not admit to the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of facing a harsher sentence if convicted at trial.

Assistant District Attorney Patricia L. Dzuiba told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz that, had the matter proceeded to trial, prosecutors would have produced a 17-year-old female witness who was “actively engaged” in prostitution and who was prepared to testify that she gave money to Ms. Lanaux, who knew the money was proceeds from prostitution. The events occurred from Jan. 20 to 24 at a motel on Route 37 in the town of Pamelia.

Ms. Lanaux is expected to be sentenced June 6 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and three years’ probation.

Stepheny J. Lavancha-Parker, 28, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the PSB, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served. She was serving five years’ probation imposed Aug. 16 for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She admitted violating probation by continuing to use heroin while under supervision and by failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment recommendations.

Jedadiah D. Romeo, 31, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was sentenced to time served at the PSB and restored to probation. He is serving five years’ probation imposed in April 2013 after a third-degree burglary conviction. Information about what led to the probation violation was not available from the court.

Daniel L. Rivers, 23, Watertown, admitted violating probation by continuing to use heroin and marijuana while under supervision. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in June for third-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing was deferred while he seeks inpatient substance abuse treatment.

Michael D. Yarbrough, 46, Watertown, was sentenced to a year in the PSB after pleading guilty Feb. 3 to second-degree criminal contempt. He admitted that he violated a City Court order of protection by having unwanted physical contact with Cynthia M. Garnsey on Aug. 10 in Watertown.

Krysten Moore, 29, Watertown, was sentenced to six months in the PSB, with credit for time served, and five years’ probation after pleading guilty March 10 to first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She admitted that in February 2012 she provided false information to the Department of Social Services to obtain benefits to which she was not entitled. She also was ordered to pay $3,554 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment.

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