3 are sentenced in County Court for felonies
ALBION – Three people were sentenced in Orleans County Court today, including a mother who admitted to trying to sneak the narcotic Soboxone into the Orleans County Jail for her son while he was an inmate.
Mary Walton, 58, of Albion had no prior criminal history. She could have been sentenced to state prison for promoting prison contraband.
Sara Shedon, the acting County Court judge, decided against any jail or prison time. She instead sentenced Walton to five years of probation, “based on the fact this is your first offense and your likelihood of reoffending is basically zero,” Sheldon said in court this afternoon.
Walton apologized for the crime.
“I’m sorry for what I did,” she said in court this afternoon. “It was a stupid move.”
Since her arrest in June, Walton said she has lost her job and her home. Her boyfriend broke up with her and some family members haven’t spoken to her. She also had her pistol permit revoked.
Her attorney, David Wade, urged the judge to sentence her to probation and not incarceration. He noted that Walton is a caregiver for a grandchild several days a week.
“Many would say what she did was absolutely wrong and dumb, succumbing to her son’s addiction,” Wade told the judge. “”To say this has been life-changing would be an understatement.”
Her son, Joshua Grosskopf, was in jail when she attempted to bring Soboxone into the jail for him. Grosskopf was serving a 6-month sentence for petit larceny.
In other sentencings today:
• Peter Eckerd, 28, of Brockport was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison for felony driving while intoxicated in the Town of Murray.
The charge normally carries a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison, but as part of a plea deal Eckerd’s sentence was capped at 1 to 3 years in prison. He has two prior DWIs.
• Shane S. Woolston, 26, of Waterport was sentenced to a year in the county jail for grand larceny in the fourth degree for allegedly stealing a car as well as several credit and debit cards, and using them to make numerous purchases.
• David L. Timmer III, 38, of Medina was to be sentenced today but it was pushed back until Feb. 4 while the court awaits a pre-sentencing report. Timmer has pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in the third degree. He is accused of burglarizing Tim Horton’s in Medina and taking money from the business. He faces a split sentence of up to 6 months in jail and 5 years of probation.
• In another case, Patricio A. Borquez, 43, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.
Borquez, formerly of Densmore Road in Albion, admitted he had cocaine on Jan. 27 with the intent to sell it.
He will be sentenced on Feb. 26 and faces a maximum of 3 years in state prison. Borquez had been working for two years in Albion as a farmworker. He is likely to be deported when he completes the prison sentence.