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Albion man on parole admits to having cocaine

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 March 2018 at 8:37 am

ALBION – An Albion man who got out of prison about a year ago admitted to having cocaine and could face up to 2 more years in prison when he is sentenced on May 4.

Kenneth L. Thompson, 52, of North Main Street admitted in County Court on Monday that he had 0.12 ounces of cocaine in his room when it was searched by a parole officer on Oct. 5.

He was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, which carries a maximum of 1 ½ to 8 years in prison due to his previous offenses. (Thompson has five prior felonies, several misdemeanor crimes, and previous probation and parole revocations.)

District Attorney Joe Cardone offered a 2-year maximum for Thompson, and that was accepted by Thompson and Sara Sheldon, the interim County Court judge. She also insisted on three years of post-release supervision.

Thompson is currently in jail on $10,000 bail.

In other cases in court on Monday:

• Jason Schmeer, 37, of Brockport pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for taking a credit card. He agreed to pay $485 in restitution.

He faces a split sentenced of up to six months in jail and five years of probation when he is sentenced on June 11.

• The judge is considering the next step for a Rochester woman who was in a diversion program and was in a drug treatment program near Albany. However, Georgeta M. Coleman, 19, only stayed briefly for orientation and left the site, stealing one of the counselor’s cars and driving back to the Rochester area. Coleman’s whereabouts were unknown for about two weeks.

Her attorney, Dominic Saraceno, said Coleman had a “mental health breakdown” at the treatment facility.

Coleman was charged on June 14 by the Albion Police Department after she allegedly stole a motor vehicle in Albion. She has been arraigned for fourth-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.

The judge accepted her in a diversion program, and would have reduced the felony charge to a misdemeanor if Coleman completed the program.

Coleman is currently in jail on $10,000 bail.

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