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2 sentenced in county court today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 January 2018 at 9:22 pm

ALBION – Several people were sentenced in Orleans County today with an inmate at Orleans Correctional Facility getting the longest, an additional 1 ½ to 3 years in prison.

Jaquan Hill, 22, of Suffolk County is serving a six-year sentence for first-degree burglary. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 16 to having a woman bring drugs into the prison to give to him.

Promoting prison contraband in the first degree carries a maximum of 2 to 4 years in prison. As part of a plea deal, Hill was given a maximum of 1 ½ to 3 years in prison.

In other cases in court today:

• Matthew Engert, 26, of Holley was sentenced to three years of probation for third-degree assault, an A misdemeanor, for punching another inmate in the head at the Orleans County Jail on Feb. 14.

Engert already has served about 4 ½ months in the county jail. Judge Sara Sheldon, interim county court judge, said probation should ensure Engert receives anger management and substance abuse treatment.

• A Rochester woman who was scheduled to be sentenced today didn’t appear in court and Judge Sheldon issued a warrant.

Kenya L. Yawn, 22, could be sentenced to up a year in jail after pleading guilty to petit larceny for stealing about $2,000 worth of merchandise from the Albion Walmart Supercenter on March 2. Yawn allegedly took a television, modem, Fitbits, hard drives and other items from the store.

Her attorney Dominic Saraceno asked that the case be adjourned and a warrant not be issued. He said Yawn has attended all of her court appearances and was likely facing a probation sentence.

Susan Howard, assistant district attorney, asked for a warrant and Sheldon granted the request

Laura L. Spear, 50, of Salt Works Road in Medina pleaded guilty to petit larceny and will avoid jail as part of a plea deal. Spear admitted she took $20,918 from her mother by using her credit card. Spear, who has no prior criminal record, agreed to pay restitution.

She will be sentenced on March 26.

• A Rochester woman will be screened for the judicial diversion program. If she is accepted and completes the program, her felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor and she will avoid jail.

Georgeta M. Coleman, 19, was charged on June 14 by the Albion Police Department after she allegedly stole a motor vehicle in Albion. She has been arraigned for fourth-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.

Coleman has a similar charge in her past. Coleman said she used marijuana and K2 almost daily for two years.

• Judge Sheldon set Jan. 29 as a hearing for an Albion man who allegedly violated terms of his probation.

Kolin McKain, 21, of Albion already has been on probation four times and has twice been convicted of driving while intoxicated. District Attorney Joe Cardone said McKain violated probation by repeatedly using drugs and also being found with alcohol.

If the judge determines McKain violated his probation, he could face up to a year in jail.

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