Johnstown man pleads guilty in drug case

JOHNSTOWN — A city man is due to spend two years in state prison after pleading guilty recently in Fulton County Court in a drug case.

Jesus Santiago, 31, of Glebe Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday before County Court Judge Louise K. Sira to one felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Santiago is expected to receive two years in state prison and one year of post-release supervision. He will also have his driver’s license revoked and he must provide a DNA sample.

Santiago was arrested March 5.

— In other recent County Court cases, Andrew T. Duesler, 59, of Tillboro Road, St. Johnsville, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Sira to one felony count of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing will be at a later date, but Duesler is slated to receive five years probation.

He was arrested Oct. 18 by state police in the town of Ephratah.

Troopers charged Duesler with one felony count of criminal possession of marijuana, unlawfully growing marijuana, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

— Jason J. Anselment, 32, of 34 S. Main St.,, Gloversville, pleaded guilty Monday before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony count of driving while intoxicated as part of a plea arrangement.

The defendant is due to be sentenced later to: six months in the county jail, five years probation, a $1,000 fine, and installation of an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

Anselment was arrested Feb. 20 by the Gloversville Police Department on charges of felony DWI, aggravated DWI, and unlawful imprisonment.

Police responded to Forest Avenue following a stalking complaint.

The victim told police Anselment held her against her will in his apartment.

Once she was able to leave, Anselment allegedly followed her in his vehicle, police said.

Officers located Anselment allegedly driving his vehicle while intoxicated. Anselment followed the alleged victim in his vehicle after she left his apartment on foot and officers allege Anselment’s blood-alcohol content was above 0.18 percent

Officers later determined Anselment was convicted of a DWI count in 2010, leading to the felony charge.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Paul Wager

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