2 plead guilty in Orleans County Court and face jail/prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 March 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two people pleaded guilty to felonies in Orleans County Court on Monday and could be sentenced to either the county jail or state prison.

A Cheektowaga man pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and faces a maximum of 1 ½ years in state prison as part of a plea deal.

Carson Cavers, 21, allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old girl in Shelby four times between April 19 and July 4. He also is facing rape charges in Ontario County and an unrelated charge of second-degree assault in Erie County.

The Orleans County charge is independent of the other charges. The third-degree rape charge would normally carry a maximum of 4 years in state prison.

Cavers could also be sentenced to post-release supervision when he is sentenced on March 14.

In another case, an Albion man pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a firearm and could face up to a year in the county jail when he is sentenced on May 23.

Christopher D. Rivers Jr., 19, faced kidnapping, robbery, grand larceny, criminal use of a firearm, unlawful imprisonment and menacing charges after being arrested in January for allegedly holding adult male and female victims against their will and forcing a woman to withdraw money from her ATM.

Rivers, in a plea deal on Monday, admitted he had a Remington shotgun with a shortened barrel. Rivers said he didn’t have a license for the modified shotgun.

The charge of criminal possession of a firearm normally carries a maximum sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison. If County Court Judge James Punch sentences Rivers to more than a year in county jail, he can withdraw his plea and go to trial. Rivers will be sentenced on May 23.