Albion grandmother sentenced to up to 4 years in state prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – An Albion grandmother who violated her probation and also faced felony charges for lying on her pistol permit and welfare application was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison today.

Elsie Biaselli, 71, of East State Street on Aug. 24 admitted to violating probation, and two counts of offering a false instrument.

She has a prior conviction of promoting prison contraband for allegedly smuggling illegal drugs in to inside Attica Correctional Facility, where her grandson was an inmate. Biaselli was sentenced to five years on probation in 2013.

She violated her probation by not disclosing she was a convicted felon on an application for a pistol permit. She filled out the pistol permit application in February.

Biaselli also admitted to filing a false instrument by making a false statement on a welfare application, claiming a grandchild was a dependent who doesn’t live with her.

Biaselli faced a maximum to 2 to 4 years in state prison. Judge James Punch gave her 1 1 /3 to 4 years.

In other sentencings today:

A Gaines resident was sentenced to 2 years in state prison. Shane M. Maynard, 37, was arrested in July on multiple drug charges. He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum sentence of 2 ½ years in state prison.

Maynard is a first-time felony offender. Punch sentenced him to less than the maximum.

Maynard told the court in August that a confidential informant purchased methamphetamine from his residence at 12801 Ridge Rd., Apt. B.

An Albion man who admitted to selling cocaine was sentenced to six months in the county jail.

Martin Eusebio, 20, admitted in a previous court appearance he sold cocaine in Albion last Oct. 28. He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and could have been sentenced to a maximum of 1 to 2 ½ years in state prison.

Eusebio isn’t a U.S. citizen. He could be deported after serving his sentence.