2 are sentenced in County Court, others plead guilty

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 February 2019 at 3:44 pm

ALBION – Two people were sentenced in Orleans County Court, including an inmate who had suboxone mailed to her with the intention she would sell it to other inmates at Albion Correctional Facility.

Maijia Scott, an inmate at the women’s prison, has been in prison for 19 years for second-degree murder. She is due to be released in May, but will now have to serve an addition 1 ½ to 3 years for attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree.

Scott acknowledged in court she knew having the suboxone was against prison rules.

“It’s dangerous,” said Sanford Church, the County Court judge. “It’s creates all sorts of problems for the facility.”

The judge also sentenced a Lyndonville to six months in jail and five years of probation for felony driving while intoxicated. Kenneth Lonnen, 44, faced a maximum of 1 to 3 years in state prison.

Church gave Lonnen a break in the sentence, but told him if he has another DWI he will be going to state prison.

Lonnen was arrested on Aug. 2 in Yates and registered a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.24 percent, which is three times the legal limit.

Lonnen has a previous DWI conviction within five years – Feb. 6, 2014.

Lonnen said he hasn’t had a drink since his arrest.

“I just apologize,” he said. “I relapsed. I will use this opportunity to better myself.”

Lonnen also needs to pay $570 in various court surcharges and fees.

In other cases in court today:

Andrew Klaver, 18, of Clarendon pleaded guilty to attempted menacing a police officer and faces a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and 5 years on probation.

On Sept. 27, deputies and a sergeant had Klaver’s sister and mother in handcuffs at their home on Bennetts Corners Road after a family dispute.

Klaver ran into the house and came out with a loaded rifle and allegedly pointed it at the sergeant. He was told by law enforcement to drop the gun. Klaver said he paused for about a second before setting down the rifle. He allegedly refused to comply with further orders and was taken into custody following deployment of a Taser.

He will be sentenced on April 11 and could be granted youthful offender statue, which would seal the crime from his record.

Freddy Rosario, 23, a former inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the second degree. The charge normally has a maximum of 2 to 4 years in prison. As part of a plea deal, Rosario will face a maximum of 1 ½ to 3 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 18.

He said he was in the visiting area at the prison on Jan. 21, 2018 and “one thing led to another” and he punched an officer in the face and caused other injuries.

“You know he was doing his job, right?” Judge Church asked Rosario about the correction officer.

“Yes,” Rosario said.

Valerie Allen, 31, a former inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate. She admitted to throwing urine and toilet water at corrections officers on Oct. 13, 2016.

She faces up to 1 ½ to 3 years of additional time in prison when she is sentenced on April 11.

• The judge assessed an Albion man as a level 3 sex offender during a hearing. Robert Tetrault, 37, pleaded guilty on Oct. 15 to two counts of sexual misconduct, which involved children. He is serving a year of weekends in jail.

Tetrault entered an Alford plea, which is a guilty plea without admitting to the criminal act. He allegedly had sexual intercourse and committed another sex act against a child. Tetrault has proclaimed his innocence in Orleans County Court.

His attorney, public defender Joanne Best, asked Church to assess Tetrault as a level 2 offender, given he has insisted he was innocent and entered the Alford plea.

If he is a level 2 offender, he would be on the sex offender registry for 30 years. Level 3 offenders are on the registry for their lifetimes.

Judge Church said the point system for determining the risk puts Tetrault as a level 3, given his extensive criminal history, use of alcohol, numbers of victims and alleged continuing conduct with the victims, who Church said were under age 10.

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