Carlton woman sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 December 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Carlton woman was sentenced today to 3 ½ years in state prison for a drug crime.

Cheryl A. Poole, 51, of Carlton pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. She admitted in court on Sept. 22 that she had prescription medication that was a controlled substance. She said she sold it from her home on March 13.

She is a second felony offender with a driving while intoxicated offense in July 2012. Orleans County Court Judge James Punch said Poole has accumulated numerous arrests over 30 years.

Poole and her attorney Larry Koss asked for leniency, saying Poole would benefit from drug and alcohol counseling.

“I am really remorseful about everything that has happened,” Poole told the judge.

As a second felony offender she faced a maximum of 1 ½ to 4 years in state prison. The judge gave her close to the maximum.

“It’s not just drugs and alcohol,” Punch told Poole during sentencing. “It’s morality, self-centeredness and violating the rights of others for your entire adult life.”

She was also ordered to pay $60 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task. If Poole paid the $60 today, she would avoid a $325 surcharge, but Poole said she didn’t have the $60.

Punch said she would have to pay the $60, plus $325 while she is in prison.