Benjamin

WARSAW — A convicted felon from Rochester was sentenced Wednesday to three years and six months in state prison for possessing a loaded handgun during a traffic stop in February.

Damonie S. Benjamin, 23, also was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision during an appearance in Wyoming County Court.

He pleaded guilty in April to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a felony punishable by up to seven years in state prison.

Benjamin, who has at least one previous felony conviction, has pending drugged-driving charges in Monroe County.

Benjamin was arrested after a traffic stop in Warsaw in early February. Deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana and that Benjamin, who gave police a fake name, had 16 active suspensions on his license.

A search of the car revealed a loaded .38-caliber handgun in a secret compartment within the dashboard.

Also in County Court Wednesday:

- Sarah J. Ingalls, 25, of Perry was sentenced to 18 months to three years in prison, to be served at Willard Drug Treatment Facility, for fourth-degree grand larceny. She has previous drug convictions.

- Amanda Malik of Warsaw was placed on one year of interim supervision for third-degree burglary and petit larceny. If successful, she will be allowed to plead to a lesser charge and avoid prison.

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