2 are sentenced to state prison for drug crimes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 August 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to state prison today for drug crimes, and another woman, accused of $28,000 in fraudulent credit card purchases, had her sentencing adjourned a week while the court considers a restitution plan.

Javonie McKinney, 41, of Holley was given two years in state prison, plus two years of post-release supervision.

McKinney on June 1 pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He faced a maximum of 2 ½ years in state prison.

McKinney apologized to his family and the community during sentencing today. His attorney Thomas Keane asked for leniency, saying McKinney was only involved in one drug sale and wasn’t a major drug dealer.

“He has seen the error of his ways and wants to start a new life,” Keane told Judge James Punch during sentencing.

The judge noted McKinney was a second felony offender “with a serious and substantial criminal history,” and the latest charge against McKinney involved selling cocaine.

McKinney also is required to pay $100 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, a $325 court surcharge and a $50 DNA fee.

A Lockport woman was sentenced to a year in state prison, plus a year of post-release supervision. Katrina Drake, 24, pleaded guilty on June 1 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

She admitted she had hydrocodone and sold it from a parking lot across from the Save-A-Lot in Albion in November.

Drake’s attorney Dominic Saraceno asked that Drake not be sentenced to state prison. Punch said she has been on probation before without success.

A woman from South Carolina had her sentencing adjourned for a week. Carly S. Wells, 25, will spend the next week in the county jail without bail.

She pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny on June 1. She allegedly racked up $28,000 in fraudulent purchases and/or cash withdrawals on someone else’s credit card.

On June 1 she agreed to pay $2,500 in upfront restitution. She is contesting the figure of $28,000.

As part of a plea deal on June 1, she would not be sentenced to state prison. If Judge Punch gives her a prison sentence, she can withdraw the plea and go to trial.