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Rochester man sentenced to 6 months in jail for selling drugs in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 May 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Rochester man was sentenced to 6 months in jail and 5 years on Probation after he sold cocaine from the Burger King in Albion on Nov. 22.

Kamerin Burroughs, 23, of Normandy Street pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He is a first-time offender. His attorney Steven Sercu asked for no jail time, citing Burroughs had no prior criminal history and was raised in a supportive two-parent household.

“This isn’t the way Mr. Burroughs was raised,” Sercu told Orleans County Court Judge James Punch this afternoon.

The CPCS charge carries a maximum of 2 ½ years in state prison. Punch said Burroughs involvement in selling in heroin and cocaine warranted time behind bars.

“This is not a tiny amount of cocaine and heroin,” Punch said. “This is serious stuff.”

Burroughs was asked to cooperate in a drug investigation by the Rochester Police Department, but Burroughs declined, saying he feared retaliation. Punch said that fear shows how far Burroughs had sunk in associating wth dangerous people.

“I would like to apologize to you and your community for coming out here with this garbage,” Burroughs told Judge Punch.

The judge said Burroughs has a lot of potential.

“I hope you turn things around starting right now,” Punch told Burroughs.


In another local drug case, a Medina man pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Kimberly C. Dillon, 57, of 135 State St. could face up to six months in jail as part of a plea deal. If the sentence exceeds six months, he can withdraw the plea and go to trial.

In court today Dillon admitted he sold hydrocodone and acetaminophen from his house on Nov. 25, 2013. He will be sentenced on July 21 at 2 p.m.

Dillon initially was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and one count of welfare fraud in the third degree.

He and six others were arrested in January following a six-month investigation into the sale and distribution of prescription narcotics and marijuana in the village of Medina, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force reported at the time of the arrests.