6 are sentenced for drug and other crimes in County Court
ALBION – Six people were sentenced in Orleans County Court today, with sentences ranging from probation to five years in state prison.
Steven Johnson, 35, of Medina received the five-year sentence to state prison. Johnson is a second felony offender. He pleaded guilty in April to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
He was arrested after allegedly selling drugs in June and July last year.
Judge James Punch gave Johnson the maximum sentence.
“This is a very long and serious criminal history,” Punch said.
Johnson was living at 301 Park Ave. with Tamara Butler, 37. She also was arrested on numerous drug charges. Butler has a prior felony of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She was sentenced today to two years in state prison.
She pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree in April.
“I take great responsibility for my actions and I know what I did was wrong,” Butler said in court today.
In other cases:
A former Albion woman was sentenced to a year in county jail after she admitted she illegally sold prescription drugs last April.
Ivy E. Schell, 19, was living in Buffalo when she was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. She pleaded guilty today to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, and told the court she sold Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen in Albion last April.
She could have faced 2 ½ in state prison. Schell’s attorney, Paul Vacca, asked that the judge sentence to Schell to youthful offender or probation.
Punch said Schell has been given both of those opportunities before without success.
A Rochester man was sentenced to two years in state prison after he previously admitted he sold cocaine from a vehicle on McKinstry Street in Albion on Oct. 6, 2013.
Timothy J. Turner, 33, of Mount Read Boulevard in March pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.
He is a second felony offender. Turner apologized in court for the crime in Albion.
An Albion man was sentenced to a year in county jail after being arrested with two other people for breaking into a house with four children on East State Street on May 19, 2014.
Dexter Turner, 23, of Caroline Street in Albion has a job and has become a good citizen with little chance of recidivism, his attorney Joshua Ramos said.
He asked that Turner not spend any more time in jail. He already was in jail about two months soon after being arrested. Ramos asked that Turner be sentenced to probation so he could keep his job.
Turner also apologized for the crime.
Judge Punch said probation “was not appropriate” for the crime. Besides the year in jail, the judge issued an order of protection for the victims in the crime.
Katherine Taylor, 24, of Main Street in Waterport was sentenced to five years on probation for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.
In a previous court appearance, Taylor admitted she sold cocaine. She has no prior felonies.