Judge sentences 2 to state prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 July 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to state prison today by Orleans County Court Judge James Punch.

Jackie L. Sponaugle Jr., 22, of Ashwood Road in Waterport could spend up to 5 years in prison after he was sentenced for third-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He faced a maximum of seven years in prison. He was given 1 2/3 to 5 years behind bars for the burglary and 2 years for the drug charge, which will run the same time as the burglary sentence. Sponaugle is a first-time felony offender. He has two prior arrests.

Sponaugle admitted he broke into a Carlton home on Gaines Road and stole items on Aug. 19, 2013. He also said he had morphine and intended to sell it on Oct. 3.

He was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution for the burglary and another $140 in restitution for the drug charge. That represents the money spent by an undercover officer for the drugs.

Sponaugle apologized in court to victims of the burglary, saying he betrayed their trust. He also apologized for the drug crime.

“I shouldn’t have been selling this garbage,” he told Judge Punch.

The judge said Sponaugle had graduated beyond Probation and deserved state prison.

Sponaugle admitted he has a drug problem. He said he was taking responsibility for his crimes.

“They are the scourge of this community and you’re helping to spread it,” Punch said about illegal drugs. “I can’t look the other way.”

A Brockport man also was sentenced to state prison for driving while intoxicated. Sean Hubler, 43, has multiple DWIs, the District Attorney’s Office said.

He was arrested on Nov. 24 in Gaines and registered a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit.

He was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

“You need to be taken off the streets,” Punch said during sentencing. “I’m surprised you haven’t killed someone yet.”