ITHACA, N.Y. – An Ithaca man was sentenced in Tompkins County Court on Monday afternoon after an ongoing narcotics investigation led to his arrest in April.

Police served a search warrant on Kimani A. House, 38, who was traveling north on Route 13 at the time police conducted a stop on his vehicle in front of Ithaca High School. Police say upon stopping the vehicle, officers recovered “a substantial amount” of heroin, cocaine, and cash in the defendant’s possession.

Officers say House was taken into custody after “a brief struggle with police,” and a search warrant was later served at his house which recovered additional items consistent with the sale of narcotics and a weapon.

House was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, the charges to which he pleaded guilty in May.

Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski said it took significant negotiating to reach an agreement upon House’s sentence while weighing the severity of his crimes, but also noted that House took immediate responsibility for all his crimes.

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“I want his children to be a motivation for him – what kind of role model does he want to be?” Filipowski said. “At this point, let’s hope this is his last stop and he can return to this community.”

Attorney Seth Peacock, who represented House, said his client had dealt with a criminal record in his youth but had gone more than 10 years without a criminal record up until this incident.

“This is someone who has been employed and worked hard, and no one has expressed more regret and sadness in regards to his poor choices,” Peacock said.

When House was given a chance to speak, he also noted his own struggle with addiction.

“I gotta take responsibility – I do have a problem and I made decisions that day that I regret,” he said. “I stepped back into my old ways, my addiction took over and here I am but as far as my reputation goes, I have never been involved in violent crimes.”

Judge Joseph R. Cassidy sentenced House to four years of incarceration with a two-year probation period on the two controlled substance charges and 1-3 years on the weapons charge which will run concurrently.

“You obviously have been able to make changes in the past and you have the ability to not be here,” Cassidy said. “Your family also suffers from the loss of you in their lives, and that obviously serves as another punishment – you have the ability to make changes.”

Alyvia Covert

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