3 are sentenced to incarceration including former Lyndonville village trustee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 May 2023 at 10:39 am

ALBION – Three people were sentenced to incarceration in Orleans County Court on Wednesday, including a former Lyndonville village trustee.

Darren Wilson, 62, will spend weekends in the county jail for four months also be on probation for 10 years, Judge Sanford Church decided at sentencing.

Wilson pleaded guilty on March 29 to possessing a sexual performance of a child. He was arrested by state police in May 2022 for child pornography and weapons charges. He had three unregistered pistols.

Wilson, who also served as president of Lyndonville Lions Club and president of the Lyndonville Area Foundation, apologized in court on Wednesday.

“The remorse and shame that I have is as deep as it gets,” he told Judge Church. “I put my family, my friends close to me and my community through Hell.”

Wilson has been receiving sex offender counseling and going to a psychiatrist, his attorney Herbert Greenman said.

He noted many letters have been submitted to court testifying about Wilson’s many good deeds in the community.

“He has accepted what he has done, he is ashamed of what he has done and he wants to get better,” Greenman said.

He asked for no incarceration for Wilson. As part of a plea agreement, Wilson could have faced up to six months in jail and 10 years of probation.

Church decided some incarceration was needed given that Wilson viewed pornography of underage girls and had three weapons he must have known weren’t registered. The judge gave him weekends so he could continue to receive counseling.

Wilson also was ordered to pay $2,425 in court fines and surcharges. The judge also set a hearing on Aug. 16 to determine what level of sex offender Wilson will be on the sex offender registry.

In other cases:

Paul Morrow, 43, of Medina was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 3 years in prison for felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Morrow was in an accident in the Medina school parking lot on Jan. 24. He has a previous DWI in 2016.

Patricia Capen of Lyndonville was sentenced to 364 days in jail for fourth-degree grand larceny. Capen admitted in court that on Jan. 25 she took 10 to 12 gel blaster guns from the Walmart in Albion which are valued at $1,470.

Capen is a first-time felony offender but has several other misdemeanors. She said a drug problem has fueled her crimes. She said Vivitrol can help to stop her drug cravings.

Noah Rowlett, 21, formerly of Albion was arraigned on second-degree rape for allegedly having sex with an underage female last summer. Rowlett answered the charge, returning from Arkansas.

Public Defender Joanne Best said Rowlett wasn’t absconding or fleeing the charge by going to Arkansas.

The judge set bail at $5,000 cash or $50,000 for a partially secured bond, and issued an order of protection.