3 plead guilty to crimes in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 November 2016 at 9:45 am

ALBION – Three people pleaded guilty to crimes in Orleans County during court on Monday and two could be looking at sentences in the county jail or state prison.

• Dameon K. Holtfoth, 19, of East Shelby Road in Medina pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and faces a maximum of six months in jail when he is sentenced on Nov. 28.

Holtfoth admitted to having sexual contact with the victim, who was also intoxicated to the point of being physically helpless.

• A Holley woman admitted to violating her probation by driving with a suspended license, and by using marijuana and heroin.

Stephanie M. Rauch, 27, of North Main Street could face a maximum of 1 to 3 years in state prison when she is sentenced on Nov. 28.

• In another case, a Holley woman pleaded guilty to drug crimes and has been accepted in Drug Court. If she completes treatment and stays off drugs without breaking any other laws, her most serious charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor and she won’t have to go to jail.

Roxanne Thomas, 40, of Holley was arrested on March 2 after she allegedly sold suboxone to an undercover law enforcement officer.

She is facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth and seventh degrees. The more serious charge carries a maximum of 2 ½ years in state prison.

• A Cheektowaga man who is serving a state prison sentence for third-degree rape was assessed as a Level 2 sex offender by County Court Judge James Punch.

Carson Cavers, 22, was 21 when he allegedly had sex four times with a 16-year-old girl in Shelby. Patrick Balkan, Cavers’ attorney, asked that his client be assessed as a Level 1 offender, the lowest level.

Balkan said Cavers had sex with his girlfriend and there wasn’t drugs or alcohol involved.

Punch said Cavers has a history of marijuana and alcohol use, and also had sex with the girl more than once. That required the judge to assess Cavers as a Level 2 offender. Cavers is at Midstate Correctional Facility in Marcy, near Utica. He is eligible to be released as soon as Dec. 14.

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