A Penn Yan man is facing up to 9 years in prison, after he was convicted Friday of several drug charges.
57-year-old James Fenton was found guilty of 3rd-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and 3rd-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Prosecutors say Fenton and his son, Tyler, were involved in selling cocaine in the area.
James Fenton will be sentenced in February.
Tyler Fenton had already pleaded guilty in October, and is currently serving probation.
From the District Attorney’s Office:
Penn Yan Man Found Guilty after Trial of Felony Drug Sale
James F. Fenton, age 57, of Penn Yan, New York, was found guilty by a Yates County Criminal Court Jury on Friday, December 15, 2017 of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, both Class B felonies involving the possession and sale by Fenton and his son, Tyler Fenton, of cocaine in Penn Yan in November of 2016. After the verdict was read, Fenton was remanded to Yates County Jail pending sentencing. Fenton could face up to nine years in state prison when he returns to Yates County Court to be sentenced on February 15, 2018. James’ son, Tyler Fenton, who plead guilty to two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree in October, is currently serving a term of probation and drug treatment court arising out a conviction which included the same incident.
The guilty verdict was announced in open court at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday after a week-long trial heard by Judge Jason L. Cook. Yates County District Attorney Valerie Gardner prosecuted the case on behalf of the People of the State of New York. The Defendant was represented by Tiffany Sorgen, Esq., Yates County Conflict Defender.
District Attorney Valerie Gardner credited the proactive efforts of Yates County Sheriff’s Investigators Arlyn Cunningham and Patrick Breuer who supervised the controlled buy with a community member who acted as a confidential informant. “Attacking the drug problem is a community problem which requires a community solution and this is one such effort toward that goal,” stated Gardner.
This felony trial verdict continues DA Gardner’s perfect felony trial conviction record since she took office in January 2014. Gardner’s term as Yates County District Attorney ends December 31, 2017.