Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced that on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Aaron Rhem, age 28, was found guilty of three counts of Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Class B felonies, three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Class D felonies, and one count of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, a Class A misdemeanor, following a multi-day trial.
In the afternoon of September 5, 2018, at 101st and 5th Avenue in the City of Troy at two separate times, the defendant sold heroin to an undercover police officer. Again on September 12, 2018, at Third and Jefferson in the City of Troy the defendant sold drugs to an undercover police officer. The defendant was thereafter indicted and arrested.
As a result of this conviction, the defendant is eligible to be sentenced up to 45 years in state prison as a prior violent felony offender. Rhem had previously been convicted of Robbery in the First Degree in Rensselaer County in 2007 where he was sentenced to ten (10) years in state prison followed by five (5) years post-release supervision. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on July 16, 2019, at the Rensselaer County Courthouse and will be held before County Court Judge Jennifer G. Sober.
Donnelly said “ This conviction could not have been accomplished without the assistance of the members of the New York State Police and the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department. I commend the diligent effort of ADA Cheryl McDermott in bringing this case to conviction.”