ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man was sentenced in Tompkins County Court on Friday morning after he pleaded guilty last month to selling heroin in May 2016.

Jovon Monk, 32, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Monk was charged with the two felonies on two separate indictments for a series of incidents which happened over a few days. According to court documents, Monk pleaded guilty to selling heroin on May 18, 2016, and was found the next day sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle with a fully loaded .38 caliber firearm in the glovebox.

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Judge Joseph R. Cassidy noted that the firearm was found in the glove compartment of a car which did not belong to Monk, adding that he did not engage in any form of violence.

When Monk was given an opportunity to speak he said, “I appreciate the agreement from the people – nothing in the case warranted any violence on my behalf.”

Judge Cassidy upheld the recommendation made by Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski and sentenced Monk to three years for the first charge plus three years of post-release supervision and four years with five years of post-release supervision on the second charge to be served concurrently.

“We believe this sentence is appropriate coupled with the severity of the cases and the defendant’s criminal history,” Filipowski said.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.