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Holley man gets 1 to 3 years in prison for probation violation

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 February 2020 at 4:44 pm

ALBION – A Holley resident was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison today by Orleans County Court Judge Sanford Church.

Roger Scroger, 39, was on probation for a felony driving while intoxicated conviction in Monroe County.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said Scroger violated his probation after being charged with another DWI, failing to report to probation for multiple appointments, driving without an interlock ignition device, and using marijuana, cocaine and drinking alcohol.

Joanne Best, the public defender, asked the judge to not sentence Scroger to incarceration so he could continue running a tree service business to pay bills for his family. If the judge determined incarceration was needed, Best said Scroger could be sentenced to weekends so he could continue working.

Scroger also asked the judge for leniency at the sentencing this morning.

Judge Church declined those requests and revoked probation and sentenced Scroger to prison.

In other cases today:

Frank Capen, 28, of Medina pleaded guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

Capen was charged on May 25 and registered a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.12 percent.

He was previously convicted of driving while ability impaired on Aug. 8, 2018 in Shelby and had his driver’s license revoked.

As part of a plea agreement today, Capen will face up to a year in the county jail when he is sentenced on April 23.

• A Medina woman was arraigned for third-degree arson for allegedly setting her house on fire on May 11 on Gwinn Street.

Kelly Morrison, 46, also faces charges of insurance fraud 2nd, class C felony; aggravated cruelty to animals (2 counts), felony; and criminal mischief 4th, class A misdemeanor.

Her arrest was made about nine months after the fire at her home on Gwinn Street. She entered a not guilty plea at court today.

She was released on her own recognizance.

• An Albion man was arraigned on six counts for his alleged role in two break-ins. James Gursslin, 18, of King Street allegedly joined two other people in break-ins at a used car business on Ridge Road in Ridgeway and a bottle/can redemption center on Hamilton Street in Albion.

Gursslin was arraigned on two counts of burglary in the third degree, one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree, two counts of criminal mischief in in the third degree, and one count of petit larceny.

He was recently charged with a burglary in the Village of Albion that isn’t part of the arraignment today.

He was released on his own recognizance from County Court because the charges don’t meet the state’s new guidelines for bail.

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