2 are sentenced to incarceration by county court judge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2023 at 11:51 am

ALBION – Two women were sentenced to incarceration in Orleans County Court today by Judge Sanford Church.

Imani Williams, 33, an incarcerated woman at the Albion Correctional Facility, received a sentence of 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison for attempted assault in the second degree.

Williams pleaded guilty to the charge on March 22 and admitted she struck another inmate with her hand after being pushed by that inmate in the Albion Correction Facility. That person suffered facial lacerations and an orbital fracture, and suffered substantial pain from the injuries, said Susan Howard, assistant district attorney.

The judge issued an order of protection for the victim. Kathleen Casey, Williams’ attorney, said Williams has expressed her remorse and has been taking anger management classes.

The sentence will be served after Williams complete her current sentence in state prison for attempted robbery in the second degree.

Kreisandra Colon, 32, of Lyndonville was sentenced to 364 days in county jail for endangering the welfare of a child. She allegedly had been using drugs in front of a child.

She was terminated from a treatment court option after failing to meet conditions of the court. She acknowledged she used cocaine and attempted to bring in urine for a drug test so her urine wouldn’t show she had been using cocaine.

Colon said during a March 29 court appearance that she wants to stop using drugs, but has struggled.

In another case in county court, the sentencing of Joe A. Cortez, 40, of Batavia was delayed so Cortez could have a psychological evaluation. His attorney, Frederick Rarick, made the request which was supported by District Attorney Joe Cardone and ordered by Judge Church. Rarick said an evaluation by a phycologist may determine that Cortez is incompetent.

Cortez faces up to nine months in the county jail for second-degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection.

Cortez is currently in Genesee County Jail. He faces first-degree rape and third-degree rape in Genesee County for allegedly having forcible sexual intercourse with a juvenile victim under the age of 17.