Holley man admits selling drugs, could face 3 ½ years in prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 June 2017 at 3:56 pm

ALBION – A Holley man admitted in Orleans County Court on Monday to selling drugs while he was living at the Holley Hotel.

Mathew P. Stearns, 34, was arrested on April for allegedly selling heroin. He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and faces up to 3 ½ years in state prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 7.

The charge normally carries a maximum of up to 8 years in prison. He also faces 1 ½ to 3 years of post-release supervision.

Judge James Punch also set bail at $25,000 on Monday.

In another guilty plea on Monday, Luis Ramos-Perez of Albion pleaded guilty to violating probation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He was arrested for driving while intoxicated on April 29 by the state police.

He has two prior felonies. One term of his probation was not to drink alcohol.

Ramos-Perez is in the country on a Green Card. Judge Punch said the guilty plea for the latest charge could result in Ramos-Perez being deported after incarceration.

Ramos-Perez is being held without bail until the sentencing on Aug. 7.

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