Two sentenced in county court

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who sold cocaine in that city was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to four years in state prison.

Mazell A. York, 24, of 68 Spring St., was sentenced by Judge Louise K. Sira, as part of a plea arrangement. He also received two years post-release supervision, his driver’s license was suspended, and he must also make $435 in restitution.

The sentence was based on York’s July 21 guilty plea to one felony count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

York was arrested May 8, indicted by a county grand jury. He was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Charges stem from an investigation by Gloversville police into unlawful sales of cocaine in the city.

According to the indictment, York sold cocaine at 4:14 p.m. Feb. 3 to a confidential informant for $160 in cash. The indictment states that on Feb. 6, York sold cocaine to an informant for $150 cash, and again on Feb. 7, where the drug was sold to the informant for $50.

In other recent County Court action:

∫ Faybien L. Phillips, 20, of 82 Fremont St., Gloversville, was sentenced Tuesday by Sira to two years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He also received one year post-release supervision, he must make $100 restitution, and his driver’s license was suspended.

The sentence was based on Phillips’ Oct. 11 guilty plea to one felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Phillips was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, charged initially on a separate warrant on July 11.

Officers said Phillips was wanted on an active arrest warrant issued out of Gloversville City Court related to a previous larceny from Walmart. Police said during this apprehension, Phillips was found to be in possession of cocaine he was hiding in his underwear.

∫ Michael Ward, 40, of Albany Street, Fort Johnson, was sentenced Tuesday by Sira to five years probation.

He pled guilty Sept. 5 to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

He was arrested March 31.

∫ Peter Gipp, 57, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty Tuesday before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony count of driving while intoxicated, as part of a plea.

Sentencing was adjourned until later. He is expected to get credit for time served. He will also receive five years probation, a $1,500 fine, $57 surcharge, one year driver’s license revocation, and he must affix an ignition interlock device to his vehicle.

Gipp was arrested Sept. 17.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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