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2 are sentenced to incarceration in County Court today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 April 2019 at 5:05 pm

(CORRECTION: This article initially reported that Spencer Freeman broke into a house and stole electronics. Freeman did not break in the house and steal the items. Someone else took them. Freeman wasn’t in the house, but was found in possession of the stolen property.)

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to either state prison or the Orleans County Jail today in County Court.

Valerie Allen, 31, a former inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility, was sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison for aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate. She admitted in court previously to throwing urine and toilet water at corrections officers on Oct. 13, 2016.

She could have faced up to five years in state prison, but received a lesser sentence as part of a plea agreement.

Public Defender Joanne Best said mental health issues and drug addiction have been contributing factors in Allen’s criminal history. Best asked County Court Judge Sanford Church to consider that in sentencing Allen.

In other cases in County Court today:

Miranda Rose, formerly of Orleans County, was sentenced to five months in jail and her probation was revoked for welfare fraud. Rose admitted in a previous court appearance to using drugs. She also hadn’t been paying towards restitution, but today in court the judge was notified she has paid off the restitution in full.

She was charged with welfare fraud after collecting $3,577 in welfare benefits when she was living out of the county in Baltimore.

• An Albion man pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and could face a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

Luis Ramos-Perez, 30, was charged with DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after being stopped on Dec. 14 in Albion. He registered a BAC of 0.15 percent, about double the legal limit. He has two prior charged for driving under the influence or intoxicated.

He will be sentenced on July 6.

Jason Muck, 41, of Medina pleaded guilty to violating his probation and could face up to 1 to 3 years in state prison when he is sentenced May 16. He allegedly was using drugs and not attending a treatment program through the Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Muck was on probation for driving while intoxicated.

Spencer Freeman, 20, of Albion pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the seventh degree.

He admitted to having about $1,500 worth of stolen items on Nov. 13, including a Play Station, an Alexa, X-Box and flat-screen television.

Freeman also said he had Xanax bars, which are a controlled substance. He said he got the Xanax bars “on the street.”

As part of a plea agreement, he faces up to six months in jail and five years of probation.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said Freeman has a limited criminal history. The judge agreed to keep bail at $40,000 bond. Freeman will be sentenced on June 13.

• Two people were arraigned for misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Zachary Kujawa, 29, of Medina and his girlfriend Jennifer Luxon, 28, of Medina were charged by State Police in October for an incident that allegedly happened on Sept. 11.

Kujawa also faces charges of misdemeanor criminal obstruction of breathing for allegedly choking a 6-year-old girl. Luxon is also charged with making a false report.

A grand jury decided against felony charges for the two. Normally misdemeanors charges are handled in town court. Kujawa’s father is Ridgeway Town Justice Joseph Kujawa. Robert Zickl, a special prosecutor in the case, wants the case to stay in County Court and not in a local town court.

Kujawa and Luxon both entered not guilty pleas today.

“My client is steadfastly denying these allegations,” Lance Mark, Zachary Kujawa’s attorney, told Judge Church.

Both Kujawa and Luxon have been released on their recognizance.

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