Armed robber sentenced to six years, tests positive for marijuana while on furlough

NORWICH – For the second time in less than two weeks, a convicted felon granted furlough tested positive for an illegal substance, adding another year to an already agreed-upon state prison sentence.

On Oct. 3, accused cocaine trafficker Richard D. Tyler was sentenced to five years in state prison after he tested positive for Oxycotin, an opiate-based, over the counter prescription pain medication. Eleven days later, 24-year-old Anthony R. Botte Jr. was sentenced to six years in state prison, following a positive test for marijuana just days after he was granted a one week furlough.

In 2010, Botte was arrested for an armed hold-up of the Bainbridge Great American. On Oct. 7 of this year, he pleaded guilty to first degree burglary, a class B felony. The furlough, according to defense attorney Frank Revoir, was requested in order to allow Botte a chance to spend some time with his two small children, ages three and one, as well as his family.

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