Hilton woman gets prison for having heroin

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 April 2017 at 4:45 pm

ALBION – A Hilton woman was sentenced to 1 ½ years in state prison today for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Sara Harris, 35, face 1 to 2 ½ years in prison as part of a plea deal. She was found with heroin and pills in her vehicle when she was stopped in Murray on Oct. 26 by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

Harris allegedly had two amphetamine pills and 18 small, plastic bags which field tested positive for heroin. Harris said in court on Feb. 6 that some of the heroin was for her personal use and some she also intended to sell.

She apologized for the crime today. “I regret it very much,” she told James Punch, the Orleans County Court judge.

Her attorney, Michael O’Keefe, asked for Probation for Harris so she could be in an in-patient drug addiction program.

Punch said Harris has been on probation before and continued to commit crimes, putting herself and the public at danger.

In addition to state prison, Harris will be on post-release supervision for one year and had her driver’s license suspended for 6 months.

In other cases in County Court:

• A Rochester man admitted he had cocaine and sold it in Albion on Feb. 15.

Jeffrey R. Magee, 35, of Parsells Avenue pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, which normally carries up to 8 years in state prison.

As part of a plea deal, Magee will face up to 4 ears in state prison when he is sentenced on July 10 at 2 p.m.

He remains in the county jail on $100,000 bail.

• A 17-year-old from Rochester pleaded guilty to having cocaine and trying to sell it in Albion on March 29.

The defendant is a potential youthful offender with no prior felonies. Because he is a likely YO, Orleans Hub won’t publish his name. The 17-year-old will be sentenced on July 10. Because he doesn’t have a prior criminal record, Judge Punch reduced his bail from $20,000 to $2,500.

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