In December, Derrick McElhannon, 23, of Cortland, was arrested for selling cocaine, then indicted on three counts of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance.
McElhannon’s court-assigned counsel, Pat Perfetti, worked with Cortland County District Attorney Mark Suben on a plea.
Tuesday in Cortland County court, McElhannon admitted the sale, and pleaded guilty to one of the three counts in the indictment.
In a lighter moment, Cortland County Court Judge William Ames originally wanted to schedule sentencing on Election Day, but realized quote: “You two won’t be here.”
The maximum sentence is 9 years in prison on the plea.
This won’t be the last time District Attorney Suben and challenger Perfetti will be together in court, but the judge’s Election Day comment was worth noting.