ITHACA, N.Y. — A man pleaded guilty to a drug charge Wednesday morning in exchange for the opportunity to participate in drug treatment programs.

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William Prescott was initially charged with three felonies for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and two misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to the first charge.

On Nov. 3, Prescott caught by police with heroin and crack cocaine, which he is accused of intending to sell, court documents show.

When asked about the incident in court, Prescott said, “I don’t quite remember, really.” But he said the claim against him seemed correct.

The plea deal reached between Prescott’s attorney, Thomas Kheel, and Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski, states that if the defendant adheres to drug treatment requirements for 90 days, he will be sentenced to five years of probation in June. The probation would include a year of felony drug treatment court compliance.

Judge Joseph Cassidy warned Prescott, though, that failure to be honest and make an effort to get sober while going through treatment could land him in prison.

The maximum sentence for Prescott’s crime is up to nine years in prison and two years of post-release supervision.

“I can’t guarantee you what your sentence is going to be,” Cassidy said, because of the treatment stipulations.

Prescott, however, agreed to the terms and walked out of the courthouse shortly afterward.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.