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Trio Headed To Prison Following Drug Convictions

OSWEGO, NY – On May 5, the following individuals appeared before the Hon. Donald Todd, Oswego County Court, and were sentenced to state prison for drug offenses:

TIMOTHY L.S. BENWAY (age 21) of the city of Oswego was sentenced to 2.5 years in state prison, along with 1.5 years post-release supervision, based upon a conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a Class D Felony.  On March 31, Benway pleaded guilty and admitted that he possessed heroin in the city of Oswego with the intent to sell it. The heroin was ultimately discovered by the Oswego Police Department after a traffic stop that resulted in Benway’s arrest for driving on a suspended license.

WILLIAM C. MCDOWELL (age 42) of Sandy Creek was sentenced to 3.5 years in state prison, along with 2 years post-release supervision. On March 17, 2014, McDowell pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. At the time of his plea, McDowell admitted that he acted together with another person to possess methamphetamine in the town of Sandy Creek with the intent to sell it.  McDowell was arrested by members of the NYSP Community Narcotics Enforcement Team after they executed a search warrant on a residence.

MIGUEL A. SOTO-CRUZ (age 33) of the city of Oswego was sentenced to 2 years in prison and 2 years post-release based upon his conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. The conviction was based upon Soto-Cruz’s possession of more than 1/2 ounce of cocaine. As part of the disposition, Soto-Cruz forfeited $12,821 that was seized by the Oswego Police Department as part of the investigation under the theory that the money was the proceeds of drug sales.

In response to the sentences, Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes said, “These defendants were polluting our community with dangerous drugs and deserved state prison. We need to clean up our community. My office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who sell drugs as a way of life.”