Out-of-town heroin dealer sent to prison; man charged with grand larceny rejects plea deal

NORWICH – At Chenango County Court, an accused heroin dealer, an alleged check forger, and convicted felon were all sentenced on Dec. 9. Also, a man accused of grand larceny rejected a plea bargain and requested a jury trial on Dec. 16.

• Christopher R. Cox, 32, Utica, was charged with the class C felony of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. Cox is a second felony drug offender and was in drug and alcohol treatment when he was on parole. He is currently incarcerated in the Chenango County Correctional Facility for the present charge.

Cox changed his plea from not guilty to guilty and testified that he knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell heroin on May 24 in Sherburne. He had been selling heroin in Chenango County for little more than a month when he was arrested. He sold 35 bags a week on average.

“Who brought you here to sell drugs? Were you invited or did someone send you here?” asked District Attorney Joseph McBride to Cox.

“I was working and lost my job. I drove someone else to Chenango County to sell drugs. I did not know about Chenango County until someone else brought me here. When I lost my job, I got into it myself,” answered Cox to McBride.

“We have a serious problem here in Chenango County with heroin addiction in our young people. You cannot be bringing heroin to this county. Just like you wouldn’t want someone bringing heroin to your block, we don’t want it here. You will have some time away from Chenango County and Onieda County, where you are from, to think about what you have done.” said McBride to Cox.

Cox looked directly at McBride as he spoke. “I don’t know you personally, I don’t know you from Adam. The police have said that you cooperated with them when you were arrested. If you come back to Chenango County and sell drugs, I will make sure you go back to prison for life.”

Before sentencing, Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr. asked Cox if he would like to say anything on his own behalf.

“I understand what Mr. McBride is saying about me selling drugs. My only concern during this whole, entire process is how five years is justified for the amount I had on me. I only had 2 bags,” said Cox.

“That is close to the minimum you can receive, because of your prior violent felony,” explained McBride to Cox.

“That is also what I explained to my client, Judge. That is absolutely correct,” said public defender, John Cameron.

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