2 are sentenced to jail for drug crimes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 April 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two people will be spending time in Orleans County Jail after being sentenced for drug crimes on Monday in Orleans County Court.

Nathan Brege, 23, of Cape Drive in Lyndonville was sentenced to a year in jail for growing and possessing marijuana. Brege in January pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, which carries a maximum punishment of up to 1 ½ years in state prison.

As part of a plea deal, he was given a maximum of a year in jail. He was sentenced by Judge James Punch.

Brege and his neighbor David Tower, 36, both admitted in previous court appearances to growing marijuana plants in Tower’s yard on Cape Drive. The plants were seized and weighed more than 6 pounds at a lab in Niagara County. Tower is yet to be sentenced but faces up to a year in jail.

In another case, Kaylee M. Loiacono, 27, of Murray was sentenced to four months of weekends in jail, plus four years of probation.

In an October court appearance, she admitted that she sold cocaine from her home on Taylor Road on April 6, 2015. She pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. That charge normally carries a maximum of 2 ½ years in state prison. As part of a plea deal, she faced a maximum of six months in the county jail.

Judge Punch said the drug sale was an “aberration” for Loiacono, who has since been in drug treatment and has no prior criminal history.

Punch told Loiacono to stay away from drugs or she could next face a state prison sentence.