Local men sentenced in county court in drug, weapons cases

A trio of local residents were sentenced recently in Franklin County Court in Malone.

Edward R. Mitchell, 34, of Tupper Lake, was given two years in state prison after he admitted violating his felony probation. Mitchell had been on probation after he was convicted of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was sentenced Nov. 26 by Judge Robert G. Main Jr. In addition to the prison term, Mitchell received one year of post-release supervision.

Matthew Taylor, 30, of Saranac Lake, was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days in the Franklin County Jail after pleading guilty in September to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Taylor was one of 36 defendants arrested in late August as part of a county-wide roundup of suspected drug dealers.

Taylor was sentenced on Nov. 25 by Judge Main. In addition to probation and jail time, he was ordered to pay $90 in restitution and a $500 fine, and he had his driver’s license suspended.

Joseph Puccini, 45, of Saranac Lake, was sentenced on the same day to five years probation, 100 days in jail and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty in September to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Puccini was arrested on May 2, 2012, after village police said he pointed a loaded shotgun at another person in a parking lot at the Algonquin Apartments on state Route 3. He had been indicted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree menacing.