Jury Selection Starts For Man Accused of Selling Drugs
Jury selection begins today in the trial a Cortland man who is facing drug charges, he is also accused of breaking into a Cortlandville home last March.
Last month 29 year old Michael Betters of 22 Crandall Street, Cortland rejected a plea offer from the County D-A’s Office and instead will take his case to trial.
Betters is accused of criminal sale of a controlled substance. Betters was indicted by a County Grand Jury in connection with alleged drug sales.
Betters is also facing felony counts of burglary, grand larceny, and conspiracy in connection with the March break-in. Betters along with 40 year old Brian Valentino of East Main Street, Cortland are accused of going to a home on Lime Hollow Road, initially the men tried to kick the front door in, but then entered the house through a window.
A teen was home when the pair broke in, he called police. County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived just in time to see the men run from the back of the home. The men had taken jewelry and a television set, they dropped the TV as they fled.
County prosecutors offered to allow Betters to pled guilty to the burglary charge and the drug charge in exchange they would recommend a six year prison sentence. County Judge Julie Campbell said she would agree to sentence Betters to no more than 4 ½ years in prison on both charges. Betters rejected those plea offers.
Betters also faces a second trial in January, that’s when he’ll answer the burglary charges.