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Drug defendants face punishments

Cary Ashby • Nov 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Two drug defendants must pay more than $360 in total reimbursements as part of their conditions of community control.

Sterling E. Burton, 36, most recently of 113 Woodland St., Willard, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated possession of carfentanil.

Burton then was fined $250 and ordered to reimburse the Willard Police Department $80 for drug testing. Also as part of his three years of probation, he has 90 days of jail time hanging over his head, which his probation officer can impose — in whole or part — without a hearing.

In a separate hearing Tuesday, Tyler J. Catania, 29, most recently of 104 N. Main St., New London, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of possession of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments.

In addition to a $280 reimbursement, Catania was given a 90-day discretionary jail sentence as part of his three years of probation.

And in other hearings: 

• Charles Alt Jr., 38, most recently of 49 Fruen St., was ordered Wednesday to pay almost $457 in restitution and fined $250 for theft. Also as part of this three years of probation, he must complete the Teen Challenge program, an intense, year-long program for people of all ages to address various addictions. During an earlier plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of receiving stolen property.

• Austin M. Burton, 19, most recently of 414 S. Myrtle Ave., Willard, was fined $500 Thursday and must pay $500 in restitution for robbery and theft. During his three years of probation, he has a 90-day discretionary jail sentence hanging over his head.

• Della S. Cunningham, 51, most recently of 99 Linwood Ave., was ordered Wednesday to complete the Teen Challenge program for aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

• Pamela J. Derby, 62, most recently of 3 S. Garfield St., was fined $5,250 — with $5,000 of it waived — Wednesday. Her convictions were one count each of permitting drug abuse and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Derby faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence during her three years of probation. As part of an earlier plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of illegal manufacture of drugs.

• Joshua Kleinhenz, 19, formerly of New London, was reclassified from a Tier I to a Tier III sex offender Wednesday. In early October, he received a three-year prison sentence for one count each of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and failure to register.

• Chandler Newsome, 22, most recently of 14 Washington Ave., Willard, was placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring Wednesday for an undisclosed probation violation. He also faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence during his three years of probation.

• Chad Stefaniak, 37, most recently of 1121 Clayberg Road, Lot 31, Greenwich, was fined $250 Thursday for aggravated possession of methamphetamine. During his three years of probation, he must reimburse the New London Police Department $80 for drug testing and has a 90-day discretionary jail sentence hanging over his head.

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