More prison time for inmate whose mother sent him painkillers

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 July 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – An inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion had another 1 ½ to 3 years added to his prison sentence today after being sentenced for attempted promoting of prison contraband in the first degree.

Scott Briggs, 31, of Broome County is an inmate at the prison in Albion, serving a 6- to 7-year sentence for burglary and possession of stolen property. His mother Lori Briggs, 54, of Endicott allegedly mailed her son a painkiller on three occasions and also had it during a prison visitation.

She admitted in Orleans County Court on May 2 to mailing Suboxone to her son, who said in court that he requested his mother mail it to him.

The younger Briggs requested to be sentenced to a drug treatment program through the state correctional system, but Orleans County Court Judge James Punch declined that request today. Punch said Briggs twice had his probation revoked.

“You never took it seriously,” the judge told Briggs during sentencing this afternoon.

Correctional Facility staff intercepted the Suboxone sent by Briggs’ mother. She faces a maximum sentence of 1 to 3 years in prison as part of a plea deal when she is sentenced on July 25.

In other cases in court today:

Brandie Sumeriski, 21, of Albion was sentenced to six months in the county jail in an intermittent sentence from 6 p.m. on Mondays to 8 a.m. on Fridays.

Sumeriski was sentenced for violating her probation. She admitted during a June 6 court appearance to violating probation by drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, socializing with people she wasn’t supposed to be around, not earning her GED, not completing her community service, and not attending mental health sessions regularly. Judge Punch said those represent “substantial violations” of probation.

David M. Mitchell, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted promoting prison contraband. Mitchell, an inmate in the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, allegedly sharpened two metal instruments to use as weapons in the prison. Those weapons were confiscated on Feb. 22. He has prior felony convictions.

Mitchell admitted in court today to having two metal shanks in prison. He will be sentenced at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 and faces a maximum of an additional 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison.

Marcie Conlon of Holley admitted to violating her probation after being charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, going to Monroe County without permission from probation, drinking alcohol, and using hydrocodone twice without a prescription.

Punch said those represents “substantial violations of probation.”

She could face up to two years in prison when she is sentenced at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8.

The judge set bail at $150,000 for a Medina woman facing drug charges. Erika H. Poole, 36, of 4335 Salt Works Rd. was charged last week with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (Class B felony) and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (Class D felony). She has prior felony convictions.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said in court today that Poole will likely face a weapons charge after an unregistered gun was found in her apartment during a search by police.