Victor sentenced to 39 years in state prison

NORWICH – Convicted cocaine dealer Michael A. Victor Jr. was sentenced to 39 years in state prison Friday on felony charges of narcotics and weapons possession and conspiracy, the culmination of a police investigation which began in January of 2009.

Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said he was very happy with the judge’s decision and hoped it would send a message to any other individuals with thoughts of bringing drugs with the intent to sell into the county.

“Mr. Victor was a big problem in our area ... not only did he live off the distribution of narcotics in our area, but people purchasing his products committed numerous crimes to pay for his cocaine,” added McBride. “Not only is it an appropriate punishment for Mr. Victor, but it will serve as a message to those outside of our community that, as a result of that business, you will go to state prison.”

In September, a Chenango County jury found Victor guilty on all 10 of the drug, weapons and conspiracy counts included in his 2009 felony indictment. A combined, concurrent sentence for the criminal possession, criminal possession with the intent to sell, conspiracy and the multiple weapons charges brought against Victor would have sent the convicted drug dealer to prison for a total of 41 years, reported the district attorney, a sentence he asked Judge W. Howard Sullivan to consider.

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