2 are sentenced to state prison, including Medina man in 3-county chase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 November 2019 at 12:01 pm

ALBION – Orleans County Court Judge Sanford Church sentenced two people to state prison today.

A Medina man was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Jessy Miller, 32, led police on a three-county high-speed chase on March 4. He admitted in court during a previous court appearance to drinking alcohol before driving that day. His blood alcohol content was 0.15 percent, about twice the legal limit.

Miller was driving a white Blazer on Main Street in Shelby on March 4. He was allegedly doing donuts in a yard on Main Street and hit a porch. He then took off with a passenger he refused to let out. He agreed to pay $2,797 in restitution for the damage to the porch.

He also has to pay $1,320 in court and DMV fines and surcharges.

He also had pleaded guilty in Genesee County Court to first-degree reckless endangerment. Police followed him to Genesee County on March 4, where he was stopped. Miller refused to get out, but his passenger was able to get out of the vehicle. Miller then sped off, hitting the passenger with the door of the vehicle.

Miller then went to Niagara County, where he was found crashed on Mountain Road with injuries.

The sentence for his Genesee County charge is expected to be served concurrently with his time from Orleans.

Miller apologized in court today for his actions.

“I know it could have been a lot worse that it was,” he told Judge Sanford Church. “I’m getting too old to play crazy games like this.”

Miller said he has a better support system in his life now and is committed to getting treatment for his addiction.

District Attorney Joe Cardone asked the judge for a state prison sentence due to Miller’s “very concerning” conduct.

Judge Church agreed that Miller put the community in danger and gave him the maximum sentence as part of a plea agreement.

In another case today, a Rochester man was sentenced to 2 years in state prison for attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Jonathan Velasquez, 25, admitted in court on June 20 to selling fentanyl and heroin to an informant with the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

He also faced federal drug charges and has been sentenced to 37 months in prison by a federal judge. The time for the Orleans case will be served concurrently with the federal charges.

Velasquez is a first-time felony offender. He also will be on post-release supervision for 2 years.

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