Fulton County judges issue sentences in drug cases
JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville man charged with drug possession after police found heroin in his car will likely spend the rest of the decade in prison and on parole.
Tyrell Artis, 30, of 207 N. Main St., pleaded guilty March 1 to a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in front of Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye.
Under a plea arrangement, he is expected to receive six years in prison and two years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced April 29. He also will be required to forfeit $1,163, including $420 restitution.
Artis will be sentenced as a second felony offender. Before this arrest, he served a 2 1/2- to 4-year prison sentence for attempted robbery, robbery and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Artis and an accomplice who lived at the same address, Eugenia Archambeault, 22, were arrested by Gloversville police in August when police saw heroin in a vent in the passenger compartment during a traffic stop. After obtaining a search warrant, police found more bags of heroin in the car, as well as heroin and crack cocaine packaged for sale in the apartment, along with about $1,000 in cash.
Both initially were charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Archambeault pleaded guilty in front of Hoye in October to criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced Dec. 14 to four years in prison and one year of post-release supervision under terms of a plea arrangement.
In other recent drug cases in county court:
- ?Mark E. Passino, 51, of 66 Washington St., was sentenced Jan. 24 by Fulton County Court Judge Richard C. Giardino after pleading guilty in December to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Under terms of a plea arrangement, Passino was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of post release supervision for each count, but the sentences will be served concurrently. He also was ordered to pay $200 in restitution.
He was initially charged May 31 in Gloversville with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance after long-term investigations by Gloversville police and state police in the case, police said. He was indicted by a county grand jury in August.
Passino is incarcerated in the Altona Correctional Facility in Clinton County, where he is eligible to be released as early as December 2014, according to state Department of Corrections & Community Supervision records.
- ?Ronald Hill, whose age and address were unavailable, pleaded guilty in front of Giardino Feb. 28 to criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Hill will be sentenced April 13 as a second felony offender and is expected to receive 4 1/2 years in prison and two years of post-release supervision, under terms of a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office.
He also will be required to pay $490 in restitution.