2 sentenced to incarceration by County Court judge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 May 2019 at 10:46 am

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to incarceration in Orleans County Court on Thursday.

Charles Knapp, 50, of Medina was sentenced to 1 ½ years in state prison. He had been in a diversion program and would have avoided prison if he stayed sober. But Knapp wasn’t able to comply with the terms of the program.

He had been in diversion since September 2017. He was arrested on March 1, 2017 after an investigation into the sale and distribution of prescription pills (Aprazolam).

He was sentenced on Thursday to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He could have faced up to 2 ½ years in prison for the charge.

In other cases in County Court:

• Jimmie Priestley of Holley was sentenced to 9 months in the county jail for probation violations, including drug use, missing probation appointments and withdrawing from a drug treatment program. Priestley was on probation for falsifying business records.

• Devon Cappucci, 25, a former inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate for allegedly spitting blood at a corrections officer in September.

Cappucci was released from prison. He faces up to 1 ½ to 3 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 27.

• Regina Russell, 46, of Niagara Falls was arraigned for two counts of burglary in the second degree and 10 counts of petit larceny.

She and two co-defendants allegedly broke into two farm labor camps in Carlton and Yates on Oct. 11 and stole money, sneakers, a television and household items from farmworkers.

Judge Sanford Church set bail at $5,000.

One of the codefendants is a juvenile and that case is being handled in Family Court. Another codefendant, Alberta Ellis, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree burglary.

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