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2 plead guilty in court and could face time in jail

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 August 2018 at 4:43 pm

ALBION — Two people pleaded guilty to felony crimes today in Orleans County Court and could be sentenced to jail

Ridge A. Forrest, 27, of Harford in Cortland County admitted to trying to bring Suboxone into the Albion Correctional Facility in March 5.

He pleaded guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the fifth degree, a charge that carries a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

However, as part of a plea deal, Forrest will face no more than six months in jail and up to 5 years on probation.

He also has to pay $375 for a court surcharge, crime victims fee and DNA fee.

He will be sentenced on Dec. 6.

A Medina woman admitted to having cocaine in a friend’s dresser on March 1. Rebekah Champlin pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. That charge carries a maximum of 1 to 2 ½ years in state prison. As part of a plea deal, she will face no more than six months in jail and up to 5 years on probation.

Champlin and Collen Poole are co-defendants in the case. He appeared with her in court today. Champlin told Judge Sanford Church that Poole didn’t know she had put the cocaine in the dresser. It was discovered by law enforcement during a search.

Poole is represented by Public Defender Joanne Best. She told the judge she would file the paperwork to have felony charges dismissed against Poole, who rejected a plea offer to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, with a cap of five years in state prison.

Champlin will be sentenced on Nov. 26.

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