Gaines man pleads guilty to selling meth

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 August 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Gaines resident who was arrested last month on multiple drug charges pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court and could face up to 2 ½ years in state prison.

Shane M. Maynard, 37, said in court that a confidential informant purchased methamphetamine from his residence at 12801 Ridge Rd., Apt. B. He had the meth with the intent to sell it, Maynard told Judge James Punch.

Maynard was arraigned on July 27 on 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, and 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He has been in the county jail on $100,000 bail.

He pleaded guilty on Monday to a reduced charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. District Attorney Joe Cardone said Maynard is a first-time felony offender.

Maynard’s attorney Conrad Cropsey said his client wanted to plead guilty and not prolong the case in court.

Maynard will be sentenced on Oct. 19.

In other cases in court:

Cardone said he will not offer a plea deal for reduced charges to Henry Marling, 27, of Holley Road in Albion.

Marling was released from state prison in November after serving a sentence for third-degree burglary. He allegedly broke into Empire Trading on Bank Street on April 17 and stole items and damaged property.

Marling was arraigned in June on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana. Marling has prior felony convictions.

Marling’s highest charge in the latest alleged crime includes third-degree burglary. He was released from prison after serving a sentence for that charge.

Judge Punch said he wouldn’t accept a plea deal anyway.

“If you have a record like that there’s not going to be a plea offer,” the judge told Marling who is in the county jail on $200,000 bail.

Michael A. Stewart, 38, was assessed a level 2 sex offender by Judge Punch. Stewart has been serving a seven-year prison sentence for first-degree sexual abuse.

Stewart’s attorney Nathan Pace asked Judge Punch to consider the level one classification for Stewart, which would be the lowest risk level.

However, the judge said Stewart’s victims were both less than 10 years old. Stewart also has a prior criminal history of nonsexual crimes, the judge said.

Stewart is currently an inmate at the Mohawk Correctional Facility and could be released on Sept. 26.

An Albion man had his sentencing adjourned for two months while he recovers from injuries. Judge Punch wants to give more time for James Herring III to recover and have more cognitive abilities so he can function on probation.

Herring, 24, of East State Street is accused of selling cocaine on May 22, 2013. He faces up to 2 ½ years in state prison. He has pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

His sentencing has been rescheduled for Oct. 19.