Medina man sentenced to 4 years in prison for drug sale, weapons charge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2016 at 8:48 pm

3 others sentenced to jail or state prison

ALBION – A Medina man was sentenced to 4 years in state prison this afternoon after he admitted in August to selling cocaine and having a rifle.

Terry Holloway

Terry Holloway

Terry Holloway Jr., 33, apologized in court today for the crimes.

“There are no excuses for what I did,” Holloway told Orleans County Court Judge James Punch.

Holloway was arrested on Aug. 1, 2015 after a traffic stop in Medina. He has one prior felony conviction.

He could have faced a maximum of 8 years in prison for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and up to seven years for criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

As part of a plea deal, Holloway would face no more than 4 years in state prison. Judge Punch gave him the maximum as part of the plea agreement.

Holloway asked for shock camp in prison. The judge said state prison was warranted because Holloway was selling drugs in the community, profiting on other people’s addictions.

Holloway was also ordered to pay $1,660 in restitution towards the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

In other sentencings today:

Joshua Lopez, 37, of Lockport was arrested for selling cocaine last year. He was sentenced to 1 ½ years in state prison despite saying he’s a “changed man” with a job and his own business.

Since Lopez’s arrest on July 16, 2015, he said he has worked to pay off his debts and all of his child support. He has been employed, and opened a business a year ago with plans for another. He also has spoken to high school students about making bad choices.

“The man who stands before you today is remorseful,” Lopez told Judge James Punch.

The judge said Lopez is now a three-time convicted felon who failed previously on probation. Punch said prison was warranted given Lopez’s criminal record and his peddling of cocaine.

“You impress people with your work ethic and your personality,” Punch said. “You are a three-time felon and I can’t ignore that.”

In addition to 1 ½ years in prison, Lopez was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision.

• An Albion man was sentenced to a year in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a firearm.

Christopher D. Rivers Jr., 19, drew the attention of law enforcement after posting a picture of himself on Facebook with a sawed-off shotgun.

His attorney Robert Fogg said Rivers was in possession of a gun but gave it to someone else because Rivers felt it was dangerous to have a gun and didn’t want to get in trouble. Fogg said the photo of Rivers may not have been the same gun. Fogg asked that Rivers be sentenced to no more than weekends in jail so he could keep his job.

“There was no harm to anyone,” Fogg said about Rivers and gun. “There was no harm to the public.”

Judge Punch said a year in jail was “appropriate” for Rivers.

“This is a serious crime and you have a history of violence,” the judge said.

• A Medina man who sold cocaine was sentenced to six months in jail.

Reginald A. Kendrick, 40, is a first-time felon. He has completed drug and alcohol treatment in jail, where he has been since soon after his arrest in late February. His time in jail will count towards his sentence.

In addition to the six months in jail, Kendrick will be on probation for five years.

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