First-time felony drug offender sentenced today, to seek housing and avoid cold

NORWICH – Rachel G. O'Neill, 37, homeless, pleaded guilty to her first felony drug offense Monday in Chenango County Court and was sentenced this morning, instead of yesterday, because of cold weather and housing related issues.

O'Neill was indicted on April 16, 2014 for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a class C felony; and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor.

It is alleged on Jan. 8, 2014 on County Road 32 in the Town of Norwich, O'Neill –while acting in concert with others– knowingly and unlawfully possessed six plastic bags of the narcotic drug cocaine with the intent to sell it.

The cocaine was allegedly found following a traffic stop and was located in a vehicle O'Neill was passenger of. O'Neill has two co-defendants, the driver of the vehicle and another passenger.

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