A 29 year old Penn Yan man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday for possessing a stolen firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and witness tampering.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, between July of 2014 and March of 2015, James Sandford the Third distributed synthetic designer drugs and controlled substance analogues to individuals under the age of 21 and also within 1-THOUSAND feet of St. Michael School in Penn Yan. In February of 2015, Sandford traded synthetic marijuana to a minor in exchange for a stolen Savage .410 double-barrel shotgun. Sandford at that time had two prior felony convictions preventing him from legally possessing a gun. The shotgun was later recovered from a storage unit in Penn Yan. In June of 2015, Sandford was arrested on federal charges for attempting to intimidate and threaten a witness.
A jury found Sandford guilty on all but the 11 drug charges against him. He is still facing re-trial on those.