NORWICH – Takell S. Henry, 19, of Herkimer, appeared in Chenango County Court on Friday July 31, 2015.
Henry appeared in court on his own accord and was accompanied by his attorney Anthony LaFache. Henry appeared in court previously and was found guilty of possession of controlled substance; the matter was adjourned for sentencing purposes.
It is alleged by the court that Henry was in possession of a controlled sentence with intent to sell, as he was arrested after attempting to sell to an undercover police officer.
“It is unfortunate that this young man was in the community selling drugs. He’s going to state prison, it’s unfortunate that he’s so young, but he needs to understand his actions affect our community,” said Chenango County District Attorney, Joseph A. McBride.
Prior to this most recent court appearance and sentencing, the charges were criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Henry was facing a penalty to a class B felony. The court has since lowered this class B felony to a class D felony.
LaFache asked the court and the people, per request from his client, for a possible different sentence due to Henry being out currently with good behavior as well as having a child due to be born soon.
“Won’t be a miscarriage of justice to move forward with the sentencing,” said Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr.
Revoir went on to offer Henry a mandated or recommended entry into the Shock program, a program for drug and alcohol counseling. Revoir went on to explain that if it is not mandated by the court there would be no guarantee that Henry would be accepted into the program.