2 plead guilty for having drugs brought into Orleans Correctional Facility

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2017 at 11:21 am

ALBION – Two people admitted they tried to have drugs brought into the Orleans Correctional Facility, a medium-security men’s prison on Gaines Basin Road.

Jaquan Hill, 22, of Suffolk County is serving a six-year sentence for first-degree burglary. A trial against him for promoting prison contraband in the first degree was set to start on Monday. A jury had been seated.

Hill, who had rejected plea offers in the case, decided to plead guilty to a reduced charge of attempted prison contraband in the second degree. The charge normally carries as a maximum of 2 to 4 years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, Hill will face a maximum of 1 ½ to 3years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 8.

A woman who brought drugs to the prison to give to Hill also pleaded guilty on Monday to promoting prison contraband in the second degree, a misdemeanor that normally carries a maximum of a year in jail.

Kamaljot Kaur, 25, of Coram (eastern New York) was sentenced to time served in jail. She faces other more serious charges in another jurisdiction.

Kaur apologized for bringing drugs into the local prison.

“There’s no excuse for it,” she told Sara Sheldon, the acting Orleans County Court judge. “I didn’t think it through. I’m not a person who normally deals drugs. I was in a rough spot.”

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