Ithaca, N.Y. — A Groton man is set to be sentenced on drug charges in Tompkins County Court this week under a plea deal, according to court records.

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Odell D. Tindley, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance under the plea bargain on Feb. 25.

Under the deal, Tindley will serve two years in prison and two years of post-release supervision, according to records. Tindley will be sentenced on Thursday.

Tindley was originally charged with five counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Law enforcement tied him to 19 bags of heroin, court records say.

The arrest occurred at 208 East Cortland Street in Groton, records say. Tindley’s defense attorney, Luke Fenchel, filed court documents saying his client — who has been in jail for a year — has behaved well since his arrest.

“Tindley has completed steps to obtain his GED, and has made efforts to better himself while in jail,” Fenchel writes.

Tindley is also the father of four children who “maintains a good relationship” with the mother of his children, according to court records.

Tindley was also convicted of felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree in 2012.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.