Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

MONTICELLO – District Attorney Jim Farrell of the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office announced that Kyle James, aka “Killa”, age 31, of Liberty, was sentenced in Sullivan County Court on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, to a total of 17 years in state prison and 5 years of post-release supervision for the possession of an illegal and loaded handgun and approximately 50 grams of heroin found at his residence during an investigation into a domestic dispute.

Liberty Man Sentenced in Illegal Gun, Heroin Possession Case

Kyle James

James entered a guilty plea to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree, a class C violent felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class B felony.

Farrell said Liberty Police received a call of a domestic dispute and a man with a gun on the early morning of January 27, 2016 on Albion Street.

After investigation and the execution of a search warrant aided by the District Attorney’s Office, police found a loaded .380 Bersa handgun along with approximately 50 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale and packaging material, approximately 17 ounces of marijuana and $5,000.00 in cash.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, James received a sentence of 12 years on the weapon possession and received a sentence of 5 years on the heroin possession with the sentences to run consecutively for a total of 17 years in state prison.

James was further ordered to serve 5 years of post-release supervision at the end of his prison term and to forfeit $5,000.00 in U.S. Currency.

The investigation in this case was aided by the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center who analyzed a number of items of evidence, said Farrell.

James was sentenced as a second felony offender having a prior conviction for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree in 2011.

“The Liberty Police acted swiftly and professionally in this case and their actions resulted in the seizure of a gun, used in the trafficking of dangerous drugs, and the seizure of a substantial quantity of those dangerous drugs. This defendant’s history is one of drug dealing and he possessed these drugs with the intent to sell them in our community. The sentence handed down today reinforces our position that those that possess and sell this poison will be held accountable and responsible with state prison sentences. My law enforcement partners and I will continue to fight the opioid problem and will use every tool at our disposal to do so,” Farrell said.

James is also being prosecuted in federal court by the United States Attorney for the Southern District as a result of a federal indictment for conspiracy to distribute heroin, and faces a sentence in that case of up to 30 years.

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