Watertown man faces jail, probation for possessing meth ingredients

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WATERTOWN — A city man faces jail time and probation supervision after pleading guilty Wednesday to a charge that he possessed materials used to make methamphetamine.

Shane M. Avery, 30, pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court to criminal possession of the precursors to methamphetamine and criminal impersonation.

It had been alleged that he possessed pseudoephedrine, aluminum foil, lithium metal, rubbing alcohol, butane and acetone Sept. 1 in Watertown. It was further alleged that at the time he gave the police the name of Daniel L. Avery to avoid being arrested on a probation violation warrant.

He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 25 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

In other court activity:

Robert T. Lacomb, age not available, Carthage, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted grand larceny. He was accused of stealing more than $3,000 from the state’s unemployment insurance fund between March 14, 2016, and Aug. 6, 2017. He is expected to be sentenced March 8 to five years’ probation.

Ashley M. Burris, 38, Theresa, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. Further information about the charge was not available. She is expected to be sentenced Feb. 1 to three years’ probation.

Charles M. Phillips, 28, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. Further information about the charge was not available.

He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 25 to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation.

Whitney S. Raynor, 25, Watertown, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court.

It is alleged that she had and sold cocaine within the county in mid-July and again in early August. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $10,000 bail.

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