From Franklin County Court
Man gets five years in prison in drug case
Franklin County Court Judge Robert Main Jr. sentenced a Tupper Lake man to five years behind bars on a drug sale charge Monday.
Keeton Seaquist, 27, was among nine people arrested in Saranac Lake in October of last year as part of a roundup of suspected drug dealers in the community. At the time of his arrest, police said Seequist sold the prescription drug Suboxone on July 31, 2012.
Seaquist was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on charges of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty in March to the criminal sale charge.
In addition to the five-year determinate sentence, Main sentenced Seequist to two years of post-release supervision and a $40 fine, and suspended his driver’s license.
Saranac Laker pleads guilty to attempted burglary
One of two people who police say conspired to steal $2,500 from a local convenience store has pleaded guilty to an attempted burglary charge.
Margarita Bonet, 22, was arrested in January with Robert W. Cruz, then 26, of Saranac Lake, for conspiring to steal the money from a convenience store where Cruz was working on Nov. 25, 2012. Police didn’t identify the store.
Police said Cruz and another person were working in the store when the other employee went to a different area of the building. Cruz then allegedly contacted Bonet, who entered the store from a back door, took the money from the counter in an office and left, police said.
Bonet initially faced charges of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy.
She appeared before Franklin County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary, according to the county district attorney’s office.
Pending sentencing on June 3, Bonet was remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail and $4,000 bond.
Tupper Lake man sentenced in drug case
A Tupper Lake man has been sentenced to jail time, probation and restitution after pleading guilty to a drug-related charge.
George LaFountain III, 34, was arrested in October 2012 as part of a roundup of suspected drug dealers in Saranac Lake. Police said at the time that LaFountain sold Alprazolam, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders. He was initially charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree conspiracy.
LaFountain appeared in Franklin County Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree criminal sale charge. Judge Robert Main Jr. sentenced LaFountain to five years probation with six months in the county jail, $1,500 restitution and a $1,000 fine.
Saranac Lake man indicted on weapon charge
A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a local man for pointing a loaded gun at another person in what police have described as a dispute over money.
Joseph Puccini, 44, of Saranac Lake, was indicted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree menacing. He plead not guilty last week during an appearance in Franklin County Court.
The charges stem from an incident on May 2, 2012 when police say Puccini pointed a loaded shotgun at another person, demanding he give him $60. The dispute took place in a parking lot at the Algonquin Apartments on state Route 3, and several children were present at the time.
After he pleaded not guilty, Puccini’s case was adjourned pending an April 25 court conference.
Tupper Lake man admits to theft
A Tupper Lake man was sentenced to jail time, probation and nearly $19,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to grand larceny.
Michael P. Rolley, 34, had initially been charged with third-degree grand larceny stemming from incidents on Jan. 31, 2011 and Jan. 29, 2012.
He pleaded guilty last week in Franklin County Court to fourth-degree grand larceny.
Judge Robert Main Jr. sentenced Rolley to five years probation, six months in the Franklin County Jail and $18,933.75 in restitution.
Plea in pot case
A Tupper Lake man has pleaded guilty to selling marijuana.
Cory Nadeau, 23, had originally been charged with second-degree criminal sale of marijuana stemming from an incident on June 21, 2012.
He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of marijuana during an appearance last week before Franklin County Court Judge Robert Main Jr.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 10.