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Woman admits to having illegal gun and could face 1 ½ to 3 years in prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 October 2018 at 3:27 pm

ALBION – A North Carolina woman pleaded guilty today to criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, after a loaded gun was found in her rental car on Aug. 26 when she was visiting the Albion Correctional Facility.

Ashley Mongeon of Charlotte, NC, could face up to 11/2 to 3 years in state prison when she is sentenced on Jan. 24.

She told Orleans County Court Judge Sanford Church she didn’t know the Smith & Wesson handgun was stolen. She bought it on the street in South Carolina. She told the judge she knew that it was illegal to acquire a gun that way.

In other cases in County Court today:

• A Medina resident was resentenced today after an error from his sentencing on July 23. Dino Callara, 50, in July was sentenced to 3 years in state prison for criminal possession of a weapon. The court sentenced him for committing a violent felony.

After the reviewing the case, the crime was determined to not be a violent felony. Callara was resentenced to a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years in state prison.

He was arrested in February after he allegedly possessed and sold a firearm in November 2017.

• A Waterford, Saratoga County man admitted to mailing suboxone to an inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility.

Joshua J. Johnson, 38, pleaded guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband and faces a maximum sentence of probation as part of a plea arrangement that includes no jail time. Johnson said he was asked by an inmate to mail suboxone, and he did it knowing it was wrong. Suboxone is an opioid medication.

He will be sentenced on Jan. 4.

Sarah MacDonald, an inmate at the prison, is a codefendant in the case. She also pleaded guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree. She said she asked to have to suboxone sent to her to help her fight withdrawals from her drug addiction. The suboxone was intercepted by corrections staff. She didn’t receive it.

As a second felony offender, she could face a minimum of 1 ½ years and a maximum of 3 years in prison when she is sentenced on Jan. 10.

• Two other people were also arraigned for promoting prison contraband in the first degree for attempting to have suboxone be brought into the Albion Correctional Facility.

Edwin King, 58, of the Bronx allegedly mailed suboxone on two occasions, March 12 and April 13. He is charged with two counts each of promoting prison contraband and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

Judge Church set bail at $25,000 for King, who has two prior felonies, several misdemeanors and three instances of failure to appear at court.

Maijia Scott, an inmate at the women’s prison, is the codefendant in the case. She was arraigned on two counts each of promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of controlled substance in the fourth degree.

She is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder from 2000. Because of that prior record, the judge set bail at $250,000, although Scott is expected to be in custody for several more years.

• A Lyndonville man was arraigned for aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony. Kenneth Lonnen, 44, was arrested on Aug. 2 in Yates for allegedly driving with a BAC of 0.24percent, which is three times the legal limit.

• The judge set a Dec. 3 as the start of a trial against Collen Poole of Medina. He previously rejected a plea offer to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, with a cap of five years in state prison.

He was charged on March 1 after police found cocaine, marijuana and pills identified as Hydrocodone and Ecstasy.

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