Two Ontario County mens' guilty verdicts have been upheld by an appeals court. Gregory Jackson of Geneva and Michael Brewer-White of Canandaigua were busted in 2010 in Geneva for selling drugs. Both men were found guilty of of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2011. Jackson and Brewer-White were among 25 people arrested during an October 2010 drug bust at Al’s Inn on Exchange Street in Geneva.
Jackson has been arrested nearly 20 times in the past and been in jail or prison more than 15 times. He claimed he was denied effective assistance of counsel. Matthew Mix of Rochester was Jackson’s trial attorney, while his appeal was handled by Martin McCarthy II of Rochester.
Likewise, the appellate court also turned down Brewer-White’s appeal. He claimed the evidence presented at his trial was not legally sufficient to convict him, and a county grand jury that indicted him was misled regarding a recorded telephone call.
Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said that they were particularly pleased with the decisions involving the cases, as these defendants were serious, extreme threats to public safety in Geneva and Ontario County,” “Jackson and White each have multiple prior felony convictions, including violent felonies and repeated drug trafficking.
“The evidence against each of them was strong, and each richly deserved the prison sentences that were ultimately given out,”