ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man was sentenced to about six months of shock incarceration after he sold heroin and cocaine to undercover officers in Tompkins County.

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Daniel Yetsko, 30, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of post-release supervision. Judge Joseph Cassidy, however, said the sentence would be served through shock incarceration, which lasts about six months.

“I don’t have any doubt that you have an addiction problem,” Cassidy said.

If Yetsko completes the military-style drug treatment program, he will serve the rest of his sentence on probation.

During the sentencing hearing, Yetsko’s lawyer Jane Murphey said her client fell victim to the “scourge” that is heroin addiction in the county.

She said that after he was released on bail following his November arrest for selling cocaine and heroin to undercover officers on three separate occasions, he committed a series of smaller crimes that align with the actions of an addict.

She said he burglarized his mother’s home, violated his probation and stole $120 worth of merchandise — including 20 pounds of chicken wings — from Wegmans.

She also mentioned that Yetsko had no heroin or cash on him when he was taken into custody — something she said is characteristic of dealers.

Before sentencing, Yetsko said doing heroin was the “worst mistake” of his life.

“I did a lot of things — like steal from my mom — that I thought I would never do,” he said.

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