Former area ‘kingpin’ sentenced to 39 years granted retrial

NORWICH – Michael A. Victor Jr, who was found guilty in Chenango County Court in 2010 on ten counts including narcotic sales and firearms possession, has returned to Norwich to appear in court on Monday after being granted a retrial.

As decided by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York on May 5, 2016, one of the ten counts was dismissed, and Victor is to receive a new trial on the remaining nine counts that he faced after his initial arrest in 2010.

Once the guilty verdict was returned, Victor was sentenced to 39 years in state prison.

In an article published directly following the trial, Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said, “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. 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.”

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