Several plead guilty to crimes in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 June 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Four people pleaded guilty on Monday to crimes in Orleans County, and could be sentenced to either jail or state prison.

Christopher J. Price, 28, of 1 Thomas St., Apartment D. in the Holley Hotel pleaded guilty to unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree. As a second felony offender, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 1 ½ to 4 years in state prison on Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Price was arrested on Feb. 4 after an investigation into a methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution operation in Holley. Three others also were charged and their cases are pending.

Richard M. Fidanza, 39, of 243 East Ave., Albion, could be sentenced to up to 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Fidanza admitted he sold suboxone on Oct. 1, 2015. As a second felony offender, the maximum sentence would normally be up to 4 years, but his sentence will be no more than 3 years as part of a plea deal.

He will be sentenced on Aug. 15 at 2 p.m.

A Rochester man pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum of 2 ½ years in state prison as a first-time offender.

Steven L. Carter, 23, admitted in court to having cocaine during a traffic stop in January on Clarendon Street in the Village of Albion. Carter has no prior criminal record and is a trustee in the county jail, where he has been since January. Orleans County Court Judge James Punch agreed to reduce Carter’s bail to $1,000 after a request for Carter’s attorney, Brian Degnan. Carter will be sentenced Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.

Brandie Sumeriski, 21, of Albion admitted to violating her 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. Sumeriski will be sentenced on July 11 at 2 p.m.

In another case, a Brockport man was sentenced to three months in jail and ordered to pay $263 in restitution for allegedly taking that money.

Francisco Guerrero, 38, of Brockport allegedly broke into a home on Hurd Road on July 1 in Murray and stole items. The judge issued an order of protection for the victims.