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Watertown woman faces up to 8 years in prison for Drug Court violation

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WATERTOWN — A Watertown woman faces up to 8 years in state prison after admitting Thursday in Jefferson County Court that she violated terms of her Drug Court contract.

Michaele J. Reid, 25, whose last known address was 194 Cedar St., rear apartment, pleaded guilty to second-degree bail jumping, also admitting that she violated Drug Court by absconding from the supervision of the substance abuse rehabilitation program that is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration. She last reported to the program in November.

She was referred to the program May 30 after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She had been charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in April 2013 with selling cocaine twice on the same day in late March.

Had she been successful in Drug Court, her guilty plea would have been vacated and she would have been allowed to plead guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She then would have been sentenced to five years’ probation.

Instead, she faces a 5-year prison sentence on the drug sale conviction, followed by an additional two years of supervision upon her release from prison. She also faces a consecutive sentence of 1 to 3 years on the bail-jumping charge. Sentencing was set for May 1.

In other court activity, Thomas E. Taylor, 56, Watertown, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated. He had been accused of driving while intoxicated March 16, 2013, on County Route 75 in the town of Hounsfield.

He is expected to be sentenced June 6 to either 90 days in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building or 28 days in an inpatient substance abuse treatment program. In either instance, he also will be sentenced to five years’ probation, be fined $2,000, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

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