2 sentenced to state prison, including Albion resident for choking elderly man

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 March 2024 at 11:49 am

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to state prison today in Orleans County Court by Judge Sanford Church.

Barron Williams, a former inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility, received a 3- to 6-year sentence in state prison for promoting prison contraband in the first degree.

Williams, 26, is now incarcerated at the Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica, serving a five-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree in the Bronx.

Williams rejected a plea offer in the case and went to trial and was convicted. He had a toothpick container that was sharpened to be a weapon.

Susan Howard, assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case in a three-day trial in December.

In the other sentencing today, Andrew Coley, 25, of Albion was sentenced to three years in prison for second-degree assault for allegedly choking and hitting an 85-year-old man in Carlton that Coley was living with.

Joe Cardone, the district attorney, said Coley already has a long criminal history and deserves time in prison after choking the elderly man, who then suffered a slight stroke.

Coley apologized in court to his family.

In other cases, a former Albion resident who now lives in Middleport was arraigned for third-degree burglary, petty larceny and criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

Michael R. Bauer, 38, allegedly broke into the Plaza Liquor Store in Albion on Aug. 20, damaging the building and some of the merchandise.

Bauer is accused of smashing the front window and damaging the door frame. An investigation by the Albion Police Department determined there was approximately $2,000 damage to the building, and $336 in damage to alcohol bottles. About $90 worth of alcohol and cash also were stolen, police said.

• A man with the formal name of Raine, who is also known as Izzie Barnes, pleaded guilty to possessing a sexual performance of a child.

Barnes of Medina faces up to six months in the county jail and 10 years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced on May 8. He has no prior criminal history and may have be register as a sex offender.

The Center for Missing & Exploited Children detected Barnes accessed a video of a girl younger than 16 in a sexual act, Cardone said in court. Law enforcement seized Barnes laptop and discovered he possessed the video.