Rochester woman sentenced to probation for possession of stolen car in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 May 2023 at 12:38 pm

MEDINA – A Rochester woman who was driving a stolen car and crashed into a fence in Medina was sentenced to three years of probation today in Orleans County Court.

Alivia Williams, 20, also will have to pay $2,597 in restitution within six months for the fence that was destroyed.

“She was in a very stressful situation that day and made a very bad decision,” her attorney Jeffrey Mallaber told County Court Judge Sanford Church.

Williams was driving her mother to Medina Memorial Hospital when Williams crashed into the fence.

Williams told the judge she is learning a trade and is committed to doing better.

The judge noted she has a parole violation and a criminal history, but he said he would give her one more chance to make changes through probation, and not incarceration. She was sentenced on the charge of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

In another case, Joe A. Cortez, 40, of Batavia was scheduled for sentencing and faced up to nine months in the county jail for second-degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection.

However, his attorney Frederick Rarick requested the sentencing be delayed so he could review a psychological examination of Cortez that was ordered in Genesee County Court. Cortez faces first-degree rape and third-degree rape in Genesee County for allegedly having forcible sexual intercourse with a juvenile victim under the age of 17.

Judge Church pushed back the sentencing for Cortez until May 31.