2 are sentenced at County Court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 January 2017 at 9:17 am

Judge sets Feb. 7 as trial start for man facing assault charge

ALBION – Two people were sentenced in Orleans County Court on Monday.

Jarred Hodgins, 28, of South Townline Road in Lyndonville was sentenced to 1 ½ years in state prison plus 2 years of post-release supervision.

Hodgins in a previous court appearance admitted to having cocaine and selling it on March 16 in Ridgeway. Hodgins pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum sentence for 4 years in state prison.

Hodgins has struggled with substance abuse issues for many years, his attorney Jon Ross Wilson told County Court Judge James Punch.

Hodgins has been in prison before. His attorney asked for “shock incarceration.”

Punch said he would recommend the state Department of Correctional Services provide shock incarceration where Hodgins would receive treatment for drug addiction.

Heather Pratt, 32, of Countyline Road in Kendall was sentenced to four months of weekends in jail plus 5 years of Probation for felony driving while intoxicated.

She was arrested for DWI in Kendall on Sept. 11, 2016, her third DWI. She registered a 0.16 Blood Alcohol Content.

Judge Punch also revoked her license for one year.

In another case, a Medina teen was offered a plea deal for an alleged assault on Nov. 6.

Lucas Porter, 17, was charged with first-degree assault, which could carry a maximum of 25 years in state prison.

Porter allegedly stabbed a Buffalo man at a house party in Ridgeway, puncturing his lung and just missing his heart, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

The DA told Judge Punch there is no argument for self defense for Porter in the case.

Cardone offered a plea deal where Porter could plead guilty to second-degree assault, which carries a maximum of seven years in prison. Porter and his attorney were given a couple weeks to consider the offer from the DA.

In another case, the judge set 1 p.m. on Feb. 7 as the start of trial against Michael Thompson, 49, of Medina.

Thompson was out of jail and awaiting sentencing for a drug crime when he was arrested on Sept. 7 after allegedly getting in an altercation with another person and stabbing that person, causing non-life-threatening injuries.

Thompson faces charges of second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree menacing.

He has since been sentenced to two years in state prison for the drug charge – criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The latest charges against Thompson are being prosecuted separately from the drug charge.

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