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3 are sentenced for crimes, including drug sales and a break-in

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 February 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Three people will spend time in either the local county jail or state prison after being sentenced today by Orleans County Court Judge James Punch.

Joseph B. James, 33, received the longest sentence, 1 ½ years in state prison with another year of post-release supervision.

James pleaded guilty in court on Nov. 3 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. James was living in Albion when he was arrested on April 1. He admitted in court he had cocaine with the intent to sell on March 3, 2014.


A Brockport woman was sentenced to three months in the county jail for selling cocaine for $100 to an undercover officer on May 29, 2013.

Cynthia Winkelman, 46, of Skyline Circle pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. She has no prior criminal record. Winkelman faced up to a year in the county jail. Punch gave her three months.

“You sold a very small amount of this substance and you have no prior criminal history,” Punch said during sentencing. “However, it is very serious to sell an illegal drug.”


An 18-year-old girl from Medina was sentenced to six months in jail for her part in a burglary in Albion on May 19. The defendant was granted youthful offender status so her name won’t be published and her record will be sealed for the crime.

The judge issued orders of protection for the victims and also said the defendant will be on Probation for five years when she is out of jail.