Kent resident sentenced to prison for probation violations

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 November 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Kent resident who admitted to several probation violations was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison on Monday.

Luke G. Sorta, 23, could have been sentenced to a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison. Orleans County Court Judge James Punch gave him less than the maximum.

Sorta during a Sept. 14 court appearance admitted to violating his probation by abandoning his job at Brunner, failing to get his General Equivalency Diploma, admitted to smoking marijuana several times, as well as consuming alcohol and circumventing the drug testing policy. He also left the area without telling probation.

Sorta was recently arrested in Idaho on a warrant for violating probation. He was returned to Orleans County and has been in the county jail.

In other cases in County Court:

A Medina man pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Bradley Dunaway, 52, of Oak Orchard River Road could face up to 4 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 8. This is his fifth alcohol-related offense.

Dunaway admitted in court on Monday he had been drinking prior to an accident on June 20 at Ridge Road and Culvert Road in Ridgeway. He registered a 0.18 blood alcohol content, more than double the legal limit. He has been free on $50,000 bail.

An Albion man pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, which has a maximum of 2 ½ years in state prison.

Brandon A. Honore, 30, of East Park Street admitted to selling cocaine. He was arrested in July when 20 people were charged a seven-month investigation into the sale and distribution of drugs in Orleans County.

Honore has been in jail on $100,000 bail. He has two prior felonies and has already been to state prison.

His attorney, Kevin McKain, asked that jail be reduced, given that Honore was working full-time and committed no crimes for six years. Judge Punch agreed to lower bail to $25,000.

Honore will be sentenced on Feb. 8.

A 19-year-old Bergen woman pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. That charge normally carries a maximum of a year in jail, but Kuyanna Kuyal won’t spend time in jail as part of a plea deal on Monday.

Kuyal has no prior criminal record. She could be sentenced to probation on Feb. 8.

She admitted in court that she was in a car on May 7 when cocaine was sold. Kuyal allegedly assisted in cocaine sales, but did not possess the drug, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

She faces a six-month suspension of her license. If she can’t obey the law while on probation, Judge Punch said she would be put in jail for a year.