Cocaine dealer tests positive after furlough, gets 5 years

NORWICH – A 27-year-old man accused of trafficking cocaine between Norwich and Syracuse was sentenced on Monday to five years in state prison.

Richard D. Tyler’s original plea deal – which he accepted on Sept. 23 – called for a four-year sentence in the New York State Correctional Facility. His sentencing, however, was postponed when Judge W. Howard Sullivan granted Tyler a week-long furlough to get his affairs in order and spend time with family, including his young daughter. On Sept. 30, Tyler was a no-show at county court, and his sentencing was postponed once again to Oct. 3.

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