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Man Who Admitted to Selling Heroin in Cortland Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

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An Ulster County man who admitted to possessing 250 packets of heroin in Cortland will spend up to 7 years in state prison. He was originally supposed to be sentenced to 4 years.

Shawn Richardson

Shawn Richardson

35-year-old Shawn Richardson pleaded guilty back in September to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.

Richardson and Tori Gaeta, also of Ulster County, were both arrested back in March after police found 250 packets of heroin and $1,300 in cash in their vehicle at the Riverside Plaza.

Richardson, who is a two-time felony offender, was promised four years in state prison but was involved in a fight in the county jail where he broke another inmate’s jaw.

The judge added 3 more years to cover the additional charge.

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