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3 are sentenced to incarceration for crimes in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 September 2018 at 5:35 pm

ALBION – Three people were sentenced to incarceration in Orleans County Court this afternoon.

Morris Taylor, 28, of Albion was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison for violating his probation. He was recently charged with driving while intoxicated.

He was on probation for five years after admitting in court in July 2014 that he sold cocaine in Albion. As part of that sentence, he served six months in jail and was on probation.

Judge Sara Sheldon wanted to give Taylor weekends in jail for violating probation, but said she couldn’t because he had already served time in jail as part of the sentence that included probation.

“I’m afraid I don’t have  a lot of options of this,” Sheldon said.

In other cases:

Corey Goebel, 27, of Rochester was sentenced to 6 months in jail and 5 years of probation for third-degree burglary. He admitted in a previous court appearance to entering a garage on June 21, 2017, and intending to a commit a crime in Clarendon on Monroe-Orleans Countyline Road.

Goebel faces a similar charge in Monroe County and the sentencings will run at the same time.

As part of the sentencing in Orleans County, Goebel needs to pay $1,000 restitution to the victim, which is the deductible paid to the insurance company.

• A former Middleport resident was sentenced to a drug treatment program through the state prison system.

Nichole Hart, 27, allegedly broke into a house Dec. 28, 2014 on East Lee Road in Barre. She pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary with a maximum of 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison.

However, she was accepted into a diversion program. If she had been successful in the program, the felony would have been dismissed and she would have been sentenced to a misdemeanor.

Sheldon said Hart had some success in the program. The judge believes Hart is still a good candidate to succeed in drug treatment. If she doesn’t do well in the Willard program in the state prison system, she will have to do 1 ½ to 3 years of regular prison time.

As part of the sentence today, Hart was ordered to pay $9,174 in restitution.

• An Albion man appeared in court for a bail hearing. Clarence Dunbar, 48, of Chamberlain Street was arrested on Sept. 12 and is accused of selling cocaine.

He has been charged with 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and 5 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

He has been in jail since Sept.12 with no bail set by a town justice. Joanne Best, the public defender, asked for a “manageable” bail for Dunbar, about $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

She noted Dunbar has a criminal history, but his previous most recent arrest was in 2008.

Judge Sanford Church presided over the case. He said Dunbar was involved in at least three drug sales on different dates with the latest arrest. Church set bail at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

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