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3 plead guilty to felonies in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 November 2016 at 8:01 am

ALBION – Three people pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court on Monday for either felony driving while intoxicated or drug crimes.

Christopher Aldrich, 47, of West Avenue in Albion pleaded guilty to felony DWI. He was stopped in Albion on July 24 after he was driving erratically.

Aldrich admitted he had been drinking before driving that day. He has a prior DWI in 2012.

The charge normally carries a maximum of 4 years in state prison, but as part of a plea deal Aldrich will face no more than a year in county jail when he is sentenced on Feb. 6.

• A Byron woman with a past DWI also pleaded guilty to felony DWI. Lindsay Skivington, 29, of Cook Road admitted she had been drinking before driving when she was arrested in the Village of Albion on July 31. She was stopped for speeding.

As part of a plea deal, she will face no more than 6 months in jail when she is sentenced on Feb. 6.

• Christopher Haitz, 45, of Medina pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth and seventh degrees.

He was accepted in the Drug Court program. If he completes the program, the more serious charge will be dismissed.

Haitz admitted in court he had heroin with the intent to sell it at the Bates Road boat launch by the canal on July 2.

If he is unsuccessful in Drug Court, he would face the maximum sentence for the most serious drug charge – 2 ½ years in state prison.

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