Woman pleads guilty to selling heroin, says she’s turning her life around

NORWICH – A Norwich woman pleaded guilty Monday to dealing heroin, telling the court she was an addict at the time and now wants to get her life back on track and is willing to testify against her co-conspirator.

Rachael A. Cummings, 21, pleaded guilty to third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for trafficking heroin from her residence at 4 Lee Ave. in the City of Norwich in the months leading up to her Sept. 30 arrest.

Defense Attorney Frank Revoir Jr. described his client as being taken advantage of by accused heroin dealer 39-year-old David A. Cahill. He told the court Cummings was a local girl who had fallen in with the wrong crowd and developed a substance addiction that encouraged her participation in the crime.

Cummings admitted in court that she sold heroin with Cahill to feed her own addition to the drug.

Cummings is being considered for judicial diversion, a newly-defined legal statute that focuses on treatment and rehabilitation at the judge’s discretion. In exchange for her pleading to the felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 9 years, Chenango County Court W. Howard Sullivan agreed to allow Cummings to plea to a misdemeanor if she complies with the court’s demands for a full year. Revoir said she had already served four months in jail, had attended rehab, tested clean for any drug use for the last seven months and was participating in treatment court. He also said she had acquired a part-time job, was willing to admit her role in the incident and was willing to cooperate with prosecutors in the ongoing case against Cahill. Cummings also presented the judge with documentation showing she had applied to a school so she could continue her college education.

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