2 are sentenced to prison in Orleans County Court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 July 2022 at 3:43 pm

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to state prison today by Orleans County Court Judge Sanford Church.

Michael Borrero, 24, of Medina was sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 years in prison for attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

Borrero, a second felony offender, isn’t allowed to have a firearm. He admitted in a previous court appearance he had a shotgun on Jan. 8 and fired twice in the ground towards another person, who Borrero said came to his home and was threatening him.

Borrero apologized in court today for the incident.

Judge Church said he was imposing the minimum sentence required by law.

“You’re still young, you’re only 24,” Church told Borrero. “You just have to learn not to do these things.”

In another sentencing, a former Orleans Correctional Facility inmate was sentenced to another 1 ½ to 3 years in prison for promoting prison contraband in the first degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Vernon Bostick Jr., 34, allegedly had Buprenorphine, a narcotic that can be used to treat pain as well as addiction to narcotic pain relievers.

The 1 ½ to3 years will be added to his current sentence for attempted burglary in the second degree and burglary in the third degree, which were committed in Monroe County. Bostick is now incarcerated at the Mohawk Correctional Facility. He told the judge after sentencing he thought the sentence would be included as part of the burglary sentence and he wouldn’t have to face additional time in prison.

Judge Church said Bostick was aware of the sentencing parameters during a plea agreement. Bostick has the option to appeal within 30 days.

In other cases in County Court today:

•  Stephen Lopez, 38, of Medina pleaded guilty to felony DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He could face up to four years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 21.

He was charged on Feb. 2 after he was stopped by police for allegedly driving while drunk. He registered a BAC of 0.11 percent. He allegedly had cocaine in the vehicle. The District Attorney’s Office said cocaine in the car weighed 0.71 ounces.

•  Joshua Rothmund, 37, of Holley pleaded guilty to violating his probation back from 2016 when he was convicted of criminal contempt in the second degree in Livingston County. Rothmund hasn’t reported to Probation for four years. He faces up to nine months in the county jail when he is sentenced on Aug. 24. The judge said the sentence could be weekends if Rothmund maintains his employment.

• Roy A. Watson Jr., 33, of Batavia pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in the fourth degree. He admitted to entering a home in Medina without permission and damaging items. He may be need to pay $650 in restitution. That amount will be determined during sentencing on Oct. 19. Watson faces a maximum of 60 days in jail or four months of weekends. He could also receive a conditional discharge and three years of probation.