Albion man gets 3 years in prison for drug crime

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 August 2016 at 9:57 pm

ALBION – An Albion man was sentenced to three years in state prison by Orleans County Court Judge James Punch.

Richard M. Fidanza, 39, pleaded guilty on June 6 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He admitted he sold suboxone on Oct. 1, 2015.

Fidanza could have faced a maximum of four years in state prison as a second felony offender. He had a previous felony – fourth-degree grand larceny in Wyoming County.

Judge Punch gave him three years in prison, and said he would recommend a drug treatment program for Fidanza in prison.

Fidanza was ordered to pay $120 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, plus a $325 court surcharge and $50 DNA fee.

In other cases today:
• A Rochester man was sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison after he was arrested in December in the Rite Aid parking lot in Medina for drug crimes.

Maurice D. Jacobs, 37, has already been in the county jail for eight months. His attorney, Nathan Pace, asked the judge for a sentence of six months in jail and 5 years probation.

Pace said Jacobs went 12 years without getting into trouble, until he recently was pulled into drug crimes. Jacobs was dating a woman who was a drug addict, and that relationship led to Jacobs’ recent problems, Pace said.

Punch said Jacobs has been on probation twice before and has a long criminal history. His crimes in Orleans involved multiple sales, the judge said. He ordered Jacobs to pay $260 in restitution to the Task Force, a $325 court surcharge and $50 DNA fee.

Michael Borrero, 17, of Washington Street in Albion pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary and could face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Borrero in court today admitted to entering The Vape Shop when it was closed and stealing a laptop from the business on East Bank Street.

His co-defendant was offered a similar plea deal, except with a longer sentence. Borreror is a first-time offender, while his co-defendant has other charges in his past.

Zachary A. Deville, 22, of Brown Street in Albion could face up to two years in state prison as part of a plea offer. Deville wanted two weeks to consider the offer. His attorney asked the judge why Deville’s sentence could be up to two years, when Borrero’s is up to a year in jail.

“If he had a a clean record maybe he would have got the same offer,” Punch said.

Deville is due back in court on Aug. 29 to decide whether to take the plea offer or go to trial for charges of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, and two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

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