Drug dealer found guilty
Faces maximum term of 12 years in prison
JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County jury on Friday afternoon found a Gloversville crack cocaine dealer guilty of two felonies, and he now faces a maximum of 12 years in state prison.
Shamar J. Sumpter, 34, of 37 Fifth Ave., Apartment 2, was convicted on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in a five-day trial before County Court Judge Louise K. Sira.
According to a release issued by the office of District Attorney Chad Brown, First Assistant District Attorney Amanda M. Nellis called 10 witnesses. The release said the seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated Friday for about three hours before reaching its guilty verdict.
Sumpter was convicted of charges stemming from drug sales to a confidential informant that occurred on Aug. 15, 2016, at Cumberland Farms on North Main Street in Gloversville. The case involved a confidential informant working with members of the Gloversville Police Department.
Sumpter was arrested Jan. 5 by Gloversville police after police said he was involved in the sale of crack cocaine. He was initially charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Police at the time said that on Dec. 20, members of the city police Department Patrol Division, Detective Division, and members of the Glove Cities Emergency Response team executed an indictment arrest warrant on Sumpter at his apartment. The arrest concludes a four-month investigation into the ongoing sale of crack cocaine in the city.
Sumpter was indicted Aug. 2 by a county grand jury, charged with two felony counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The defendant will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20 in County Court by Sira. The release said he faces a maximum determinate sentence of 12 years in state prison.
The release from Brown’s office praised the jury for its “time and attention to this matter.”
“Through the hard work of members of the Gloversville Police Department and the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, the District Attorney’s Office was able to obtain guilty verdicts that continue our efforts to remove cocaine and other illegal drugs from our communities,” the release stated. “Many of us know too well the horrific impact these drugs have on our family and friends.”
The case was prosecuted by Nellis, while assigned attorney Andrew Deluca of Saratoga Springs represented Sumpter.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at email@example.com.