4 are sentenced at county court, including 3 to state prison
ALBION – An Albion man who admitted to selling cocaine was one of four people sentenced in Orleans County Court today by James Punch.
Brandon Honore, 30, of East Park Street pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He is a second felony offender with a previous drug charge for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. He has another prior felony and has already been in state prison.
Honore was arrested in July when 20 people were charged a seven-month investigation into the sale and distribution of drugs in Orleans County.
His attorney, Kevin McKain, said Honore had been working full-time for six years before the drug charge last July. McKain asked that the judge not revoke Honore’s driver’s license as part of the sentence and Punch agreed to let Honore keep the license when he is released from prison.
McKain said Honore has turned his life around and will be a productive citizen when he is out of prison.
Punch said Honore needs to be sent to prison.
“You have a long criminal history of drug crimes,” Punch said during sentencing this afternoon. “This is a serious and protracted criminal history.”
The judge also sentenced Honore to two years of post-release supervision. He told Honore to stay away from drugs or else the next sentence will be longer.
“You are introducing serious, harmful drugs into this community,” Punch said, calling Honore “a drug salesman.”
In other sentencings today:
A Medina man was sentenced for his fifth alcohol-related offense. Bradley Dunaway, 52, of Oak Orchard River Road was sentenced today to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison for felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Dunaway had been drinking prior to an accident on June 20 at Ridge Road and Culvert Road in Ridgeway. Dunaway registered a 0.18 blood alcohol content, more than double the legal limit.
A Medina resident was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison for DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Justin R. Carpenter, 31, of Medina was stopped on Aug. 22 by state police.
He registered a 0.20 Blood Alcohol Content, 2 ½ times the legal limit. He has a prior misdemeanor DWI from November 2006 in the Town of Shelby.
A 19-year-old Bergen woman avoided jail and was sentenced to 3 years of probation. Kuyanna Kuyal pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a charge that normally carries a maximum of a year in jail.
Kuyal has no prior criminal record. She admitted in a previous court appearance that she was in a car on May 7 when cocaine was sold. Kuyal allegedly assisted in cocaine sales, but did not possess the drug, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.
Judge Punch said today that Kuyal “wasn’t the driving force behind the crime.” He wants her to seek mental health treatment and continue with treatment through the Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.