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Mother and son plead guilty to attempting to smuggle painkillers into prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 May 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A mother and son admitted in Orleans County Court to attempting to bring painkillers into the Orleans Correctional Facility.

Scott Briggs, 31, of Broome County is an inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility serving a 6- to 7-year sentence for burglary and possession of stolen property. 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 Monday to mailing Suboxone to her son, who admitted that he requested his mother mail it to him.

Correctional Facility staff intercepted the Suboxone, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

The mother and son pleaded guilty to attempted promoting of prison contraband in the first degree, a charge that normally carries a maximum of 2 to 4 years in state prison. As part of a plea deal, Mr. Briggs would face no more than 1 ½ to 3 years when he is sentenced July 11 as a second felony offender.

His mother has a past criminal history with misdemeanors, Cardone said. She will face a maximum sentence of 1 to 3 years in prison as part of a plea deal when she is sentenced on July 25.

In another case involving prison contraband, Judge Punch set July 27 for the start of a trial against Ashley J. Sizemore, 31, an inmate in the Albion Correctional Facility.

Sizemore has refused to leave the prison and attend her court appearances. Punch set June 29 at 2 p.m. for a mandatory conference with Sizemore to determine why she is refusing to go to court.

She has been charged with first degree promoting prison contraband which, as a second felony offender, carries a maximum of 3 ½ to 7 years in prison.

She was charged in August, along with Thomas Torpey, a Rochester man who was convicted of a mob-related murder in 1981.

Torpey, 68, was arrested on Aug. 23 by State Police. He is accused of bringing drugs to the prison for Sizemore, who is serving a 42-month sentence for an arson in February 2014 at the Spencerport residence of a former Irondequoit police officer.

The case against Torpey is pending in County Court.