Brooklyn pair get prison time in drug case

JOHNSTOWN – Two Brooklyn brothers were sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court to up to seven years in state prison on drug and conspiracy charges, closing out a case from last summer involving four co-defendants.

Clayton Hines, 31, and Sean Hines, 29, both of Brooklyn, were sentenced by Judge Richard C. Giardino.

Clayton Hines was sentenced to four years in state prison, two years of post-release supervision and $1,100 in restitution, as a second-felony offender. Sentencing was based on his Feb. 27 guilty plea to a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Hines was charged July 20 by Gloversville police.

He was among four co-defendants – including his brother – arrested after a drug sale, foot pursuit and two-town car chase on July 19. They were in a car on North Arlington Avenue on July 19 when Gloversville police tried to stop the vehicle for an infraction. Other co-defendants were: Matthew Chest, 29, of 19 N. Melcher St., Johnstown; and Christopher DaCorsi, 36, of 99 Woodside Ave., Gloversville.

Police said DaCorsi was the driver when 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.

Police said Clayton Hines had nearly an ounce of crack cocaine labeled for sale when he was arrested,

Sean Hines was sentenced by Giardino to one to three years in state prison based on his Feb. 28 guilty plea to fourth-degree conspiracy.

DaCorsi was sentenced in March to one year in the county jail after pleading guilty Dec. 20 to second-degree hindering prosecution.

Chest received a sentence of 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty Dec. 13 to a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.