Syracuse man gets prison for having cocaine

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WATERTOWN — A repeat drug offender with a criminal history spanning more than a decade will return to prison after being sentenced last Tuesday in Jefferson County Court.

Edwin Medina Jr., 47, Watertown, was sentenced to four years in state prison and five years of post release supervision.

Mr. Medina said he was “not guilty,” in court, but he pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in October.

The Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force arrested Mr. Medina, along with Oscar Valcarcel, on June 8, with both accused of selling cocaine and heroin and having drug packaging materials in October 2017. A grand jury then indicted Mr. Medina on charges of second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Mr. Medina had been convicted multiple times for drug-related offenses, primarily for cocaine or crack sales, and been the subject of multiple raids over the past 25 years. He was previously sent to prison in 2004 after officers allegedly found 16 “eight balls” of crack cocaine in a freezer in his Watertown apartment in 2003.

In other court action last week:

Nathan W. Lindsay, 30, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine. He admitted to having components used for making the drug in September.

The judge sentenced him to two years in state prison and one year of post-release supervision.

Mr. Lindsay was previously convicted of third-degree burglary in 2007.

Angelo L. Lopez Jr., 57, was sentenced to 2½ to seven years in prison and a stay away order of protection was issued against him.

He pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and second-degree obstructing governmental administration on May 13.

Brandon M. Jakubowski, 32, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He admitted that on Sept. 18, he stole batteries belonging to Spectrum.

He was sentenced to up to five years probation and ordered to pay $20,318.40 in restitution.

Todd J. Lafave, 57, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He admitted that on Jan. 28, he was in possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana.

His sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 26.

Mark A. Stephenson, 34, Clayton, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and unlawful fleeing a police officer. He admitted that on Sept. 24, he was driving on Route 12 in the town of Alexandria with a blood alcohol content of 0.2 percent and that he fled from officers attempting to stop him while driving 90 mph.

Mr. Stephenson was previously convicted of DWI in 2013.

His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 26 when he faces up to three years probation.

Dicy Robinson, 33, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Robinson admitted to aiding and abetting cocaine sales in July.

Robinson’s sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 27 when she faces up to five years probation and a $100 restitution payment.

Leon H. Dingman Jr., 28, was sentenced to two years in state prison and one year of post-release supervision. He was also ordered to pay $1,877.12 in extraction fees and $100 in restitution.

Mr. Dingman pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal mischief in May. He was previously convicted of felony DWI in 2017.

Shamar H. Bagby, 22, was indicted on two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The grand jury indictment alleged that Mr. Bagby sold cocaine on Jan. 28 and 29. His indictment was unsealed Tuesday.

He was remanded to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Shaun R. Brice, 33, Watertown, was sentenced to three years probation.

He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in May, when he admitted that he possessed metal knuckles Feb. 9 on South Meadow Street. It was illegal for him to have the weapon because he had previously been convicted of third-degree assault. He was ordered to forfeit the weapon Tuesday.

Kelly L. Davis Jr., 61, Carthage, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted that he had offensive contact with a child under the age of 17 in June of 2018 in the town of Wilna.

His sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 26 when he faces up to three years of probation.

Jane M. Duffer, 55, Carthage, was sentenced to one year conditional discharged.

Ms. Duffer pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana in May. She admitted that there was a sawed-off shotgun and pistols for which she did not have a permit at her residence Feb. 9 in the town of Wilna. She also admitted that on Jan. 8 she possessed more than an ounce of marijuana.

The judged ordered her to forfeit her illegal weapons and transfer her legal weapons to a licensed dealer.

Michelle R. Odette, 30, an inmate at the county jail, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree promotion of prison contraband. She admitted to attempting to bring heroin into the jail in April.

Her sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 26.

Christopher G. Watts, age and address unavailable, was sentenced to up to five years probation following his guilty plea to driving while ability impaired via alcohol and drugs in December.

Mr. Watts also pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

He is also required to pay a $1,000 fine, $520 state surcharge and his license is revoked. An interlock device will be mandatory if and when Mr. Watts owns a vehicle.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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