4 plead guilty today in County Court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 February 2017 at 6:12 pm

ALBION – Four people pled guilty to felonies in Orleans County Court today. Three of the defendants will likely face time in prison.

Gary L. Bonk, 40, of North Gravel Road pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. That charge normally carries a maximum of 1 ½ to 8 years in state prison. As part of a plea deal, Bonk will face no more than 4 years in prison.

Bonk, a second-felony offender, admitted he had cocaine with the intent to sell it on Dec. 6, 2016.

Judge James Punch also revoked bail for Bonk who will be sentenced on May 8. He has been in the county jail on $300,000 bail.

Michael W. Oldfeld, 48, of Franklin Street in Dansville admitted to taking money to build three pole barns in Orleans County, and not following through with the work.

Oldfeld pled guilty to scheme to defraud in the first degree and faces a maximum of 1 to 3 years in state prison as part of a plea deal. The charge normally carries a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. He will be sentenced on April 10.

Oldfeld also agreed to pay “reasonable restitution” which hasn’t been determined but District Attorney Joe Cardone said would be about $30,000.

Oldfeld faces similar charges in other counties, and those charges will be prosecuted separately from the fraud in Orleans County.

Jennifer McCarthy-Conklin, 41, of Holley admitted to violating her probation and could face up to 1 ½ years in prison when she is sentenced on April 10.

McCarthy-Conklin was previously sentenced to the county jail for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and had been out on probation. She violated several conditions of her probation, including using crack cocaine on several occasions, she admitted to Judge Punch.

Maria C. Conte, 28, of Pearl Street in Medina pled guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny for using another person’s credit card and taking out $2,000 in authorized purchases. She was accepted into a diversion program. If successful, Judge Punch said he would dismiss the most serious charge, which has a maximum of 4 years in state prison.

Conte instead would be sentenced only for the petit larceny charge. If successful in the diversion program, Conte also would avoid time in jail, Punch said today.

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