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Holley man, 18, sentenced to prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Several others face jail or prison for drug, DWI crimes

ALBION – An 18-year-old man from Holley, who was told he has a promising future if he can make better choices, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison, although he may be approved for a shock camp. That is the recommendation from Orleans County Court Judge James Punch.

Daniel Morehead, 18, of Bennetts Corners Road has a previous burglary charge. He was on probation and violated those terms, prompting the prison sentence from Judge Punch on Monday.

Morehead spoke clearly and projected in court on Monday. He apologized for drinking and using drugs. He also didn’t complete a substance abuse evaluation and obstructed governmental administration in violating his probation.

“I do not want to go in and out of jail my entire life,” Morehead told Punch.

Morehead said he has learned the electrical trade and wants to be a productive community member. He asked to be sentenced to the local jail rather than state prison.

Punch said Morehead wasn’t a typical defendant. He is clearly bright and articulate, but hasn’t made good choices, the judge said.

“You need to be honest and learn discipline,” Punch said during the sentencing. “If you do that the sky is the limit for you. If you don’t, it will be a tremendous waste of life.”


In other cases in County Court:

A town of Greece man was sentenced to 2 to 6 years in state prison for breaking into a basement apartment at the Country Club restaurant in Medina and stealing equipment.

Jason M. Hirtreiter, 26, was sentenced to prison. He  was charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny.

A Holley resident was sentenced to a year in county jail and another year of post-release supervision after he violated his probation when he had Diazepam (valium), a controlled substance, in June.

Joshua D. Ornt, 26, of Hall Road pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

As part of his probation he was forbidden from having valium or any controlled substances. He obtained the Diazepam from a friend, a drug dealer, Ornt told County Court Judge James Punch in court last month.

An Elba man admitted in court that he sold cocaine in May. Edgardo Aponte, 41, of Hundredmark Road pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. He will be sentenced March 24.

Lidio Ramirez-Figueroa, 35, of 14691 Zig Zag Rd. in Albion pleaded guilty to fifth degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted to selling cocaine on Nov. 9, 2012 at a house on Densmore Road.

He faces a year in state prison and a year of post-release supervison. He also could be deported. He will be sentenced on March 17.

Beau Bettilyon, 28, of Hamlin pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on June 2, when he was stopped on Oak Orchard Road in the town of Gaines.

Bettilyon has a prior DWI. He faces up to six months in county jail plus five years of probation. He will be sentenced on March 17.

Jose Guitierrez-Ramirez, 53, of Batavia pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and aggravataed unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was charged on Sept. 14 after being stopped in Albion.

He had been drinking eight or nine beers before driving that day, he told Judge Punch.

Guitierrez-Ramirez could face up to a year in county jail when he is sentenced on March 17.