February 21, 2014

Plattsburgh man gets 14 years for selling cocaine

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for selling cocaine in Schuyler Falls.

In December, a Clinton County jury convicted Tyrone L. Johnson, 46, of selling crack cocaine on May 30, 2012, and June 27, 2012.

“You are a drug dealer. You are a businessman. You sold drugs for a living,” Judge Kevin Ryan told Johnson before sentencing him, according to a news release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

“We are at a point where the court must now protect society.”

Johnson’s minimum possible sentence for the felony drug charges was one year, with a maximum of 18 years.

Before proceeding to trial, he had previously turned down a plea offer of five years in prison.

Johnson declined to make a statement at his sentencing, the DA’s Office said.

“This defendant has served two prior prison bids for selling narcotics, and this sentence will certainly protect society from him for many years,” said Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer, who prosecuted the case.

He had been previously convicted of felony weapon possession.

The latest sentence is two consecutive terms of seven years for convictions on two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Johnson will also serve four years on parole once released from prison. As part of his sentence, he must provide a DNA sample, and his driver’s license was suspended.

Johnson, whose attorney was Joe Mucia, remained in Clinton County Jail on Thursday.

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