Albion man sentenced to 8 years in prison on weapons charges

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2022 at 1:35 pm

ALBION – An Albion man was sentenced to 8 years in prison today by Orleans County Court Judge Sanford Church.

Prince Z. Wilson, 23, of Albion pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He could have faced up to 15 years in prison for each charge.

As part of a plea, his sentence was capped at 8 years with the sentences to be served at the same time.

Wilson in August 2021 exchanged gunfire with another man in Albion, and wounded the victim in the leg. He was charged a second time after that arrest with having gun.

Wilson didn’t speak when given a chance by the judge during sentencing today. Wilson will face five years of post-release supervision when he is out of prison. He also was fined $2,000.

In other cases in court today:

Jacoun Harden, 35, of Holley and formerly of Medina, was sentenced to six months in the county jail and five years of probation.

He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree for having a loaded firearm. Harden admitted in court in a previous appearance that he had a loaded 9 mm handgun when he was arrested and was intending to use it but didn’t fire it at anyone.

Brennen D. Callara, 24, of Medina pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted robbery and petty larceny. He could face a maximum of 4 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

Callara admitted in court that on July 20 he threatened a cashier at Crosby’s in Medina by displaying a knife and demanding money.

Callara also admitted to stealing a chain saw sharpener from Tractor Supply in Medina on Aug. 30.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 25.

Today’s plea would satisfy other charges he is facing in Shelby and Ridgeway courts.

Richard J. Capen pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in the third degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree.

He admitted in court today to stealing a rifle on July 17, and selling it. He also admitted to damaging laundry machines on July 26 that were owned by Richard Colonna, causing about $3,000 in damage.

He will be sentenced on Feb. 1.

Austin Buzzard, 23, of Carlton pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing in the third degree and petty larceny.

He admitted to entering a garage without permission and taking a four-wheeler that wasn’t his.

He could face up to 364 days in the county jail when he is sentenced on Feb. 1.

Mikel Love of Kendall was arraigned of charges of course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child. Love rejected a plea offer and pleaded not guilty. An order of protection was issued for the alleged victim of the crime.

Dale Shawver, 60, of Albion was assessed as a level 1 sex offender, the lowest level. He currently is serving a six-month sentence in the county jail for first-degree sexual abuse and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. He will be on probation for 10 years when he is released from jail, and also will be on the sex offender registry for 10 years.