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Man gets 3 years in prison

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man was recently sentenced in Fulton County Court to over three years in state prison for a drug conviction.

Gerald Playford, 35, of 27 Fourth Ave., was sentenced Jan. 3 by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to 3 1/2 years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He also received two years post-release supervision, a driver’s license suspension, and he must make restitution of $300.

The sentence was based on Playford’s Sept. 30 guilty plea before Hoye to one felony count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

The defendant was arrested July 18.

In other recent County Court cases:

∫ Shawn E. Bouchard, 37, of 1030 Route 20, Lebanon, Madison County, was sentenced Jan. 2 by Hoye to one year in the Fulton County Jail. He also received a fine, his driver’s license was revoked, and he must attach an ignition interlock device to his vehicle.

Bouchard pleaded guilty Oct. 23 before Hoye to one felony driving while intoxicated count, as part of a plea arrangement.

He was arrested by Johnstown police at 2:48 p.m. July 6 after the vehicle he was driving was stopped on North Perry Street. He was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation; and DWI, driving with 0.08 percent or greater blood alcohol content, and interlock violation, all misdemeanors.

∫ Nicholas D. Norton, 26, of Homestead Drive, Gloversville, was sentenced Jan. 3 by Hoye to time already served, a fine, six-month driver’s license suspension, and he must attach an ignition interlock device to his vehicle.

He pleaded guilty Sept. 24 before Hoye to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, as part of a plea arrangement.

State police arrested Norton May 6 on East State Street Extension in the town of Johnstown. He was charged with: felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree unlicensed operation, third-degree unauthorized use of motor vehicle, imprudent speed, felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with two previous convictions within the last 10 years, use of vehicle without an ignition interlock, reckless driving and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle while on a highway.

Norton was involved in a 10:20 p.m. accident that injured both himself and his passenger, Donald Norton, 51, of Mayfield. Both were ejected after the car they were in hit a telephone pole and caught fire. The vehicle snapped the telephone pole in half and caused wires to come down, troopers said.

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

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