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Prison for Albion man who sold drugs and drove drunk

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 October 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – An Albion man was sentenced to state prison today for drunk driving and also for selling cocaine in the Albion area.

Felix Onofre-Rojas, 61, of 14691 Zig-Zag Rd., Albion, was charged with DWI on May 4, when he was stopped with a BAC of 0.21 percent. Onofre-Rojas has a prior DWI on June 24, 2008 in Hamlin.

Orleans County Court Judge James Punch sentenced him to 1 to 3 years in prison for the DWI charge. Onofre-Rojas also was arrested on June 20 and charged with two counts of a criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and received 1 ½ years in state prison for the crime, time that will run concurrent with the DWI.

Patricia Nava-Chavez, 44, is married to Onofre-Rojas. She also faced several drug charges. Her attorney, Shirley Gorman, argued in court that Nava-Chavez wasn’t involved in her husband’s drug sales.

Police, however, said she was an accomplice in the activity. She pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Judge Punch today sentenced her to time served in jail. She had been in the county lock-up since June 20.