Holley woman sentenced to 3 years in prison on drug charge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 July 2017 at 2:19 pm

ALBION – A Holley woman was sentenced to three years in state prison today.

Shawna N. Weis, 29, of Holley admitted in a previous court appearance to selling heroin on Feb. 6 when she was a resident of the Holley Hotel.

She pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and faced a maximum of 1 ½ to 4 years in state prison.

Weis has a prior felony and two misdemeanors.

“She does have a serious drug problem,” her attorney Michael O’Keefe said during sentencing this morning.

Orleans County Court Judge James Punch told Weis she not only has a drug problem, but was selling drugs in the community. He ordered her to pay $200 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

Her sentence also includes two years of post-release supervision.

The judge also said he would recommend she receive drug addiction treatment at the Willard program through the state Department of Corrections.

• A Ridgeway man who was sentenced to state prison last week was resentenced today and received intermittent jail time, as well as probation.

Judge Punch had wanted to sentenced Richard C. Turrell, 62, to local jail and probation, but Turrell and his attorney requested the state prison and its drug treatment program through Willard.

Punch said a “legal impediment” required him to resentence Turrell, the owner of the Rick & Ron’s automobile business.

He was arrested last September. Turrell on May 22 admitted in court to selling cocaine. He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Turrell has “no substantial criminal history,” Punch said during sentencing last week. The judge said he didn’t think Turrell had reached the criminal level of going to state prison.

Turrell doesn’t qualify for Willard because he isn’t a second-felony drug offender or a first-time offender convicted of a B felony. Turrell pleaded guilty to a D felony.

The new sentence requires Turrell to spend two days a week in jail over four months, and be on probation for five years. Punch said the sentence allows Turrell to keep working and be in a drug treatment program.

Andrew Coley, 19, of Platt Street in Albion was sentenced to six months in jail for endangering the welfare of child after he allegedly had drugs in the presence of two underage girls at a motel in Albion.

Coley faces additional drug charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Orleans County. He has been arraigned on criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance  in the third degree, as well as criminal sale in the fifth. Those charges are pending.

• A Hamlin man was sentenced to intermittent jail over eight months, spending two days a week in jail.

Daniel F. Heberle, 45, of Lakeshore Road was charged with driving while intoxicated on Jan. 28 and allegedly had a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.14 percent and was driving without a license. He was stopped on Norway Road in Kendall.

He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree.

The judge said Heberle’s crime warranted some incarceration, but Punch also wanted Heberle to be able to continue working.

He will be required to install an interlock ignition device when he starts driving again. That device measures his BAC.

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