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Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove announced that on Monday, January 9, 2017, Rashene T. Lawton, age 42, of Troy, NY, was sentenced to eight (8) years in state prison followed by five (5) years post-release supervision as a result of his guilty plea to one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a C violent felony. He was also sentenced to a concurrent term of eight (8) years state incarceration with three (3) years post-release supervision on a plea to one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony. He was sentenced as a second felony offender.

The defendant was originally charged by way of a sixteen (16) count indictment related to the sales of heroin on four separate occasions. When Troy Police executed a search warrant on his house, Lawton was found to be in possession of heroin and cocaine, as well as a loaded .38 revolver.

Lawton has five prior felony convictions, and has served state prison terms for each of his prior convictions.

Abelove said, “Drugs and illegal guns have no place on our streets. I would like the thank the dedicated officers of the Troy Police Department, whose tireless efforts makes this community a safer place to live and work.”

Assistant District Attorneys Carl Rosenkranz and Andrew Botts prosecuted the case.