ALBION – Three people pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court last week. Two could spend time in jail when they are sentenced. Another defendant could have the felony charge dismissed if she completes a diversion program.
Amanda C. Laraby, 37, of Middleport was accepted into a judicial diversion program. Laraby admitted in court that she has been fighting an opiate addiction. She pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly sold prescription opiate drugs. If she completes the diversion program, which includes drug treatment, the felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and she wouldn’t face any time in jail.
Miranda Rose, formerly of Orleans County, admitted to collecting $3,577 in welfare benefits when she was living out of the county in Baltimore.
She pleaded guilty to fifth-degree welfare fraud last Thursday before County Court Judge Sanford Church. She agreed to pay $3,577 in restitution and will be sentenced on May 3. She could face up to a year in jail.
Fred Lockwood, 55, of Waterport pleaded guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in the town of Yates.
He was allegedly driving without a license and while intoxicated. He could face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on June 28.
In other cases:
Laura L. Spear, 50, of Medina was sentenced to three years probation plus restitution. She pleaded guilty to petit larceny after she admitted to taking $20,918 from her mother by using her credit card. Spear, who has no prior criminal record, agreed to pay restitution over the next three years.
Brian Forman was arraigned on grand larceny in the third and fourth degrees. He allegedly had a relationship with a woman from California and extorted nearly $9,000 from her in wired funds and gift cards, when he threatened to expose the relationship, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Forman was extradited from Texas and is in the county jail on $25,000 bail.
Bianca Carbone, an inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility, was arraigned on promoting prison contraband in the first degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree for allegedly having drugs in the prison. Her bail was set at $20,000 in case she is released from the women’s prison.