A Cortland woman who was found guilty of credit card fraud during a jury trial last month and then fled from police was sentenced in Cortland County Court Thursday.
27 year old Nina Garcia who is also known as Nina Hopkins of 143 ½ Madison Street will spend up to 4-8 years in prison after she was found guilty of grand larceny, possession of stolen property, forgery, and petit larceny.
Hopkins was arrested for using someone else’s credit card to make purchase in Cortland. Hopkins took her case to trial and a county jury found her guilty. Following the verdict Hopkins was allowed to remain free pending her sentencing, when that date came Hopkins failed to show up to court.
Hopkins was picked up on a warrant earlier this month after Cortland Police stopped a car she was driving, during the stop police found Hopkins and a passenger 22 year old Daniel Whitman in possession of the drug meth as well as the ingredients to make the drug.
Hopkins was charged with two misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance and one felony count of manufacturing meth, Whitman was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession a controlled substance and a felony charge of manufacturing meth.
Police say their investigation then lead them to a home at 179 Homer Avenue, looking through a window there officers observed the equipment and ingredients to manufacture meth.
The two residents living there 23 year old Tyler Brobeck and his wife 22 year old Alysia Brobeck were both charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and manufacturing meth.
In addition to the state prison time Hopkins was also sentenced to a year in the county jail on the forgery and petit larceny charges. Hopkins must still answer to the recent drug charges.