Accused gun thief and drug dealer both given prison time

NORWICH – Two men, one convicted of possessing a stolen gun and another a repeat felon drug dealer, were sentenced to prison on Jan. 12 in Chenango County Court by Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr.

• Jose A. Ortiz-Perez, 41 of Allentown, Pa., was indicted on Jan. 16, 2013 for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony; criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a class C felony; and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a class E felony.

On Oct. 10, 2012, at approximately 5:54 p.m. on state Route 8 in the Town of Norwich, it is alleged Perez did knowingly and unlawfully possess 2 knotted plastic bags of the narcotic drug cocaine with an aggregate weight of 40.83 grams (more than one-half ounce) and a stolen Kimber Custom Shop .45 caliber automatic handgun with laser grips.

The stolen handgun's magazine was loaded with seven Blazer .45 auto rounds properly seated in the pistol.

Perez attended his plea and sentencing on Jan. 12 in shackles and orange, almost a year after he was indicted and nearly two years after his arrest.

According to District Attorney Joseph A. McBride, the reason it took so much time for Perez to be sentenced is because he did not show up to a court proceeding after his arrest and was wanted for some time for failing to appear. He also said another individual with the same name was mistaken for Perez and arrested for the alleged crimes, but the individual was able to convince authorities that he was not Perez and was released.

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