ALBION – An Albion man was sentenced to 3 ½ years in state prison today for allegedly selling drugs in Albion.
Jason Abron, 44, of Lydun Drive faced a maximum of 4 years in prison when he was sentenced this morning in Orleans County Court by Judge Sanford Church.
Abron was charged on March 9 after a series of controlled buys through the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.
He pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
Abron has four prior felonies but hadn’t been arrested since 2010, his attorney told the judge.
Abron said he did wrong with the drug transactions, but was trying to help a friend.
“I’m not a violent drug dealer running around the streets,” he told Judge Church. “I’m a family man.”
Abron received less than the maximum, and also will have two years of post-release supervision. He also has to pay $320 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and $280 to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a $300 court surcharge and $25 crime victim’s fee.
• Leaha Wimmer, 25, formerly of Albion and most recently in Hamlin was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison on a grand larceny charge. She has to pay $502 in restitution to Chase Bank.
Wimmer acknowledged that she has struggled with drug addiction.
“I’m sorry to the court and everyone I have affected with my drug use,” she said. “I’m not a bad person. I just want to put this all behind me.”
She also faced charges in Genesee County and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation on Wednesday for those grand larceny charges.
• Roy Shonerd, 37, of Beaver Street in Albion was sentenced to nine months in the Orleans County Jail for attempted welfare fraud. He needs to pay $9,265 in restitution to the Orleans County Department of Social Services. Shonerd allegedly accepted welfare benefits he wasn’t entitled to from January 2012 to December 2017.
“I knew what I did was wrong,” Shonerd told Judge Church. “I apologize.”
The judge agreed to delay Shonerd’s report date to the jail until the day after Christmas so Shonerd can spend the holiday with his two children.