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Man to be sentenced Tuesday

March 11, 2013
By BILL PITCHER , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The first of four men who pleaded guilty after a drug sale, foot pursuit and two-town car chase will find out Tuesday how much time he will spend in prison.

Matthew Chest of 19 N. Melcher St., who was 29 when he was indicted in September, is expected to receive a sentence of 3 1/2 years in prison and three years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty before Fulton County Court Judge Richard C. Giardino on Dec. 13 to a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Three other men involved in the July incident also have pleaded guilty in front of Giardino and will be sentenced under terms of plea arrangements in the spring.

Clayton Hines of Brooklyn, who was 31, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is expected to be sentenced May 2 to four years in prison, two years of post-release supervision and $1,100 in restitution.

Sean Hines, who was 29, also of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy. He is expected to receive 1 to 3 years in prison and ordered to pay $1,100 in restitution.

Christopher DaCorsi, who was 36 and lives at 99 Woodside Ave. in Gloversville, pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of hindering prosecution and is expected to be sentenced March 22 to a year in the Fulton County Jail.

Gloversville police said Dacorsi was driving three other defendants and a fourth passenger on North Arlington Avenue on July 19 when police tried to stop the vehicle for an infraction. City police and Fulton County sheriff's deputies followed the vehicle through Gloversville and into the town of Johnstown where it eventually ran into a hedgerow at the Meco Ballpark around 9:30 p.m.

Police said Clayton Hines, Sean Hines and DaCorsi fled on foot and tried to blend in with spectators at the ballpark before being arrested. Chest and the fourth passenger, who was not charged, remained in the vehicle, police said.

Chest initially was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He later was indicted on those charges after police said he sold a half-ounce of cocaine to an undercover officer for $1,100 earlier that night.

Dacorsi, who police said was in possession of crack cocaine, was charged with hindering prosecution, criminal possession of a controlled substance and several traffic misdemeanors and violations.

Clayton Hines had nearly an ounce of crack cocaine labeled for sale when he was arrested, police said. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Sean Hines was charged with conspiracy.



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