2 sentenced for drug crimes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 April 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Brockport man was sentenced to 1 ½ years in state prison on Monday after he was arrested for selling cocaine in Murray on Dec. 1, 2012.

Alexander Gelo, 22, of Brockport pleaded guilty in January to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He withdrew that plea last week when Orleans County Court Judge James Punch said the sentence would be longer than six months in jail.

Gelo on Monday reaffirmed his guilty plea and accepted the 1 ½ year sentence.

“I’m taking full responsibility for everything I did,” he told Punch.

The judge said he would recommend “shock camp,” a military style alternative for Gelo, but that decision will be up to the state Department of Corrections.

“This is your last chance to straighten out,” Punch told Gelo. “You need discipline. Find it. If you don’t, you’ll just be a mess.”

The judge also sentenced an Albion resident to weekends in jail for the next six months. Publio Barcenas, 52, of Zig Zag Road pleaded guilty in January to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He faced up to a year in jail.

Barcenas is a first-time offender with a full-time job at a local farm. He was arrested in June when law enforcement charged 13 people with drug crimes. Barcenas admitted in court he had cocaine in his possession.