3 plead guilty in Orleans County Court, including drunk driver who topped 100 mph

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2022 at 12:34 pm

ALBION – Three people pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court this morning, including a Kendall resident who admitted he was drunk while exceeding 100 miles per hour.

Lazaro Botello, 31, of Kendall pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated for an incident on June 20 when he was stopped in Clarendon. He was charged with unlawful fleeing from a police officer, resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, speeding and DWI.

Botello said he had three beers in an hour before driving. He has a prior DWI.

His plea today to aggravated felony drunk driving satisfies all other charges against him. He faces a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 12.

In other cases:

• Franklin Armstrong, 41, of Medina pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

He has a prior of third-degree assault from 2001. Because of that conviction, he is not allowed to have firearms. However he was in possession of a pistol, rifle and shotgun.

As part of a plea agreement today, he will face a maximum of up to 6 months in the county jail and five years of probation when he is sentenced on Oct. 12.

• Darrin Brown, 32, formerly of Orleans County and now of Lockport, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for taking a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun.

He has been accepted into treatment court. If he completes that program the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor and won’t face any time in jail. If he doesn’t complete the treatment court, he could face a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

Brown will also need to pay restitution for the stolen shotgun.