OSWEGO, NY – Today (October 26), Omar Bellamy, 30, of Syracuse, was sentenced in Oswego County Court to five years in state prison and three years post-release supervision upon his conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.
The Hon. Donald Todd also sentenced Bellamy to two years in state prison and three years post-release supervision upon his conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class D Felony.
The sentences must run concurrent as a matter of law.
A jury trial for this matter started on September 28 and the final juror was picked on September 29.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Moody was prosecuting the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
Bellamy was represented by Attorney John Hallett from Watertown.
Immediately after jury selection, Bellamy agreed to plead “as charged” to both counts in the indictment.
At time of plea, Bellamy admitted that he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell it in the city of Oswego on February 5, 2015.
He also admitted that he had more than 1/8 of an ounce of cocaine at that same time.
Bellamy’s was arrested on February 5, as part of a long-term investigation conducted by the Oswego County Drug Task Force.
The Drug Task Force is comprised of officers and investigators from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, the Oswego Police Department, Fulton Police Department, University Police at SUNY Oswego, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Border Patrol.
Demetrius Williams, 28, of Syracuse was also arrested at the same time as part of the investigation.
Williams previously pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree in Oswego County Court.
He was sentenced to 6 years in state prison and 3 years post-release supervision on October 20.
Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes praised the members of the Drug Task Force and credits the success of this case to their hard work and dedication.
Oakes said, “I’m proud that my investigators are part of this exemplary group. All of the officers have done a tremendous job of targeting dealers and removing dangerous drugs from our community and this conviction is a testament to their outstanding efforts.”
Oakes commended Judge Todd for imposing significant state prison sentences on both Bellamy and Williams.
“We have always made a distinction between drug dealers who are seeking profit and individuals who are struggling with addiction. Thankfully, the court also recognizes that dealers deserve a harsher penalty, and the community is much safer as a result of these convictions,” Oakes said.
He noted that the sentences imposed on Bellamy and Williams are consistent with his office’s approach to drug dealers.
Since the beginning of this year, 33 defendants have been sentenced for felony drug offenses in Oswego County Court, with 26 of those defendants being sentenced to state prison.
Most notably, Emmanuel Frederick, 56, of Scriba was sentenced to nine years in state prison and three years post-release on July 28, after a jury convicted him of three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
“We are determined to take back our community from the drug dealers, and by working together, we’re going to win this fight,” the DA said.