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Man, 18, sentenced to up to four years in prison for car theft in Pamelia

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WATERTOWN — An 18-year-old was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to up to four years in state prison for stealing a vehicle six days after pleading guilty in court to a charge that he robbed a Cape Vincent business while displaying a gun.

Rafael E. Cabrera-Jones, whose last known address was 7391 Route 3, Pulaski, was sentenced to 1 ⅓ to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty June 6 to third-degree grand larceny. He had been accused of stealing a 2006 GMC Envoy from Jennifer Law on May 11 in the town of Pamelia.

Mr. Cabrera-Jones had pleaded guilty May 5 to second-degree robbery, admitting that he stole cash from a business during the Jan. 3 robbery during which a handgun was displayed. He had been charged with holding up two businesses on Broadway Street in Cape Vincent, the Cape Dairy convenience store and the Cape Vincent Liquor Store. Two victims said Mr. Cabrera-Jones wore a ski mask, held them at gunpoint and demanded cash.

Police said at the time that more than $900 in cash, a bottle of vodka and a pack of cigarettes were taken from the businesses. The teen had arrived in Cape Vincent from Puerto Rico about a week before and was staying with his father in the village.

He was sentenced in that case to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. He also was given youthful offender status.

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