MONTICELLO – A Monticello man was sentenced in Sullivan County Court on Wednesday to eight years in state prison followed by five years of post-release supervision for the possession of an illegal and loaded handgun.
Victor Medina, 44, pled guilty to criminal possession of a weapon as a felony and admitted to possessing a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a vehicle when stopped by State Police on Route 17 in February 2018.
Medina was stopped for vehicle and traffic violations and following an investigation police found a quantity of cocaine, heroin, suboxone, Xanax and morphine sulfate. The loaded gun was found stashed in a void in the rear passenger door along with a digital sale.
“Medina had no business possessing this gun as a convicted felon and parolee and it was clear he was utilizing it in connection with the possession of these illegal drugs,” said District Attorney James Farrell.
Medina was sentenced as a second felony offender having a prior conviction for criminal possession of a controlled substance as a felony in 2009. He was on parole for that prior felony conviction at the time he was arrested on the latest charge.