OSWEGO, NY – Today (Nov. 2), Pete S. Holmes, 32, of Parish was sentenced to a total of 1.5 years in state prison, along with 1 year post-release supervision, based upon his convictions for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Third Degree.
The two sentences must run concurrent as a matter of law since they stem from the same incident.
Noting that the length of the sentence was determined by the court, Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes said, “Although Mr. Holmes has no prior criminal history, we believed state prison was appropriate due to the risk he created by making meth.”
Oakes noted that of the 36 defendants who have been sentenced in County Court for felony drug offenses since the beginning of the year, 30 have been sentenced to state prison.
He explained that his office has taken a tough stance on drug cases, with the court sending more drug defendants to state prison each and every year since he took office in 2012.
According to the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, 14 drug defendants were sentenced to state prison in 2011.
That number increased to 22 defendants in 2012 and then it jumped to 34 defendants in 2013.
Last year, 42 drug defendants were sentenced to state prison.
“We have always distinguished between defendants who are addicts and those who are primarily dealers. Dealers who poison our community for their personal gain need to be removed from the streets, and we’re sending them away,” Oakes said.
The DA credits the increase in felony drug convictions over the past four years to collaboration between several agencies, which has resulted in stronger enforcement and more vigorous prosecution.
“As soon as I became DA, I met with police agencies across the county and asked for their help to (re-)establish a Drug Task Force. We all recognized that we could do more by sharing intelligence and resources. Truly, this is a team effort.”
Oswego City Police Chief Tory DeCaire said, “I’m pleased that my officers were part of this investigation. I’d like to thank DA Oakes and all of the other agencies for their partnership.”
Holmes was arrested on May 20, 2015, as a result of an investigation conducted by the Oswego County Drug Task Force, which consists of three narcotics investigators from the District Attorney’s Office, as well as officers from the Oswego Police Department, Fulton Police Department, University Police – SUNY Oswego, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Border Patrol.
Anyone with information on suspected drug activity may call the Oswego County Drug Tip Line at (315) 349-8222 or e-mail [email protected]
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