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Sex offenders sentenced for failing to register

August 24, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

Two sex offenders were sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Monday in unrelated cases in which they failed to provide their addresses for the state sex offender registry, according to the office of Montgomery County District Attorney James "Jed" Conboy.

Michael T. Simmons, 44, of 343 Chapman Drive, Amsterdam was sentenced to five years of probation and a $1,000 fine with a $325 surcharge for not registering.

Arrested on July 13, 2011, he pleaded guilty Dec. 9, 2011.

Peter J. Tavares, 48, no known address, was sentenced to one year in county jail for failing to register. He had not provided a address for the registry since Oct. 27, 2011. He was indicted May 24 and pleaded guilty June 29.

In other County Court action:

- Joshua M. Bennet, 25, of 343 Old Fort Plain road, Fort Plain, pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was arrested Feb. 18 in the town of Minden for selling cocaine. His sentencing is set for Oct. 15, when he will receive three months in jail, with five months' probation, as well as $2,500 fine with $500 restitution and the forfeiture of a 2002 Ram pickup.

- Matthew L. Brown, 30, of 27 Garden St., Amsterdam, was sentenced to four months of weekends in jail, along with five years' probation, a $325 surcharge, and restitution of $5,500 for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Brown was arrested in November 2011 in the city of Amsterdam.

- Richard L. MacDonald, 20, of 50 Highland Ave., Fort Johnson, was sentenced Tuesday to one to three years for aggravated unlicensed operation and six months for a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated after a Jan. 12, 2011, incident. The two sentences will be served concurrently. MacDonald pleaded guilty to the charges June 6.

Arthur Cleveland covers Montgomery County news. He can be reached at



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