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Inmate gets additional time for trying to have prescription drug brought into women’s prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 October 2017 at 6:31 pm

ALBION – An inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility was sentenced to additional 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison for attempting to have a drug brought into the women’s prison.

Stacie Calloway, 47, is a Rochester native currently in the women’s prison. On March 26, she attempted to have Alprazolam, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety, be brought into the prison.

Calloway pleaded guilty to attempted promotion of prison contraband in the first degree.

The charge usually carries a 2- to 4-year maximum in prison. As part of a plea, Calloway will face an extra 1 ½ to 3 years in prison. She was due to released in December.

Her attorney, David Wade, asked Sara Sheldon, the acting Orleans County Court judge, for leniency for Calloway, whose husband is in hospice care with terminal brain cancer. Wade also said Calloway’s criminal record is driven by her drug addiction.

Calloway apologized for her “very poor choices” and asked the judge to include a drug treatment program in the sentence.

Judge Sheldon said Calloway has twice been in the Willard drug treatment program through the state prison system. Sheldon told Calloway she would receive additional drug treatment when she is released from prison. The judge urged Calloway to take a leadership role in the program.

“I think there is a lot of hope for you,” the judge said. “Look at you, you’re fabulous.”

In other cases in County Court today:

• The judge accepted Virginia A. Rivera, 37, of Albion into a judicial diversion program. If Rivera successfully completes the program, which includes inpatient drug treatment, a felony charged will be dismissed. Rivera will instead be sentenced to 3 years of probation for a misdemeanor of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

Rivera in court today pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. If she fails the judicial diversion program, Rivera could face 1 to 9 years in state prison.

She admitted she had cocaine with the intent to sell. She doesn’t have a prior criminal record.

• John W. Murphy, 44, of Medina was arraigned for fifth-degree criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He allegedly was involved with the sale and distribution of prescription Suboxone strips. Murphy entered a not guilty plea today in court. He will be screened for the judicial diversion program.

• Mary Golding, 52, of Waterport was arraigned for third-degree burglary, menacing in the second degree, and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.

She allegedly went into a building on North Liberty Street in Albion, and brandished a knife, threatening a woman. The judge issued an order of protection for the woman.

Judge Sheldon also set bail at $10,000 for Golding.

Her attorney, Mark Lewis, said Golding had been drinking heavily and using illicit drugs at the time of the alleged crimes.

Golding will also be screened for the judicial diversion program. Last year she was sentenced to a year in jail for going into a neighbor’s house on Harris Road on Nov. 8, 2015 and stealing a jewelry box so she could feed her heroin addiction.

Golding today in court said she has been struggling with alcohol, cocaine and heroin addictions.

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