Locals get probation, jail for separate crimes

Two Tri-Lakes residents were in Franklin County Court last week and both were sentenced to probation.

23-year-old Kasey D. Michael pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in March. Appearing before acting county court Judge Penelope Clute, Michael was sentenced to five years of probation and time served.

Michael was arrested early last summer on a warrant for failure to pay fines in connection with a criminal mischief conviction and for violating the terms of his probation.

Upon his arrest, he was found to be in possession of a narcotic known as morphine sulfate. Police in Saranac Lake later determined that he had sold the drug to another individual.

While appearing in court last year, Michael also attempted to flee, but he was captured quickly.

Meanwhile, Judge Clute also sentenced a Tupper Lake woman to 60 days in Franklin County Jail and five years of probation after she pleaded guilty in March to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

33-year-old Shirley Thomas was taken into custody by police in the village of Tupper Lake last year and charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She was originally taken into custody in connection with a Tupper Lake drug bust on cocaine charges.

Thomas was taken into custody again in March for missing a court appearance. Court documents say her sentencing this week was in connection with an incident that occurred last July.

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