ITHACA, N.Y. — A Dryden man convicted of having drugs was sentenced Friday afternoon in court.

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William Ellison, 32, of 1065 Dryden Road, will serve three years in prison and three year of post-release supervision as part of a plea deal.

“He has made this his profession,” Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski said. “He’s been in and out of the criminal justice system on the same kinds of charges.”

Ellison and Rachel L. Clement, 28, of the same address, were both initially charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

While executing a search warrant, state police said they found 2 ounces of cocaine, about 1 ounce of crack cocaine, 21 packets of heroin, around 3 ounces of marihuana, scales and drug packaging materials.

Judge John Rowley said he was not persuaded to grant Ellison leniency in sentencing because he ‘s been convicted of drug charges in 2002, 2004 and 2008.

“We’d be happy to have you out in the city, but not as our local drug dealer,” he said.

Ellison spoke during sentencing saying, “I’ve made some bad decisions in life and I have to pay for them.”

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