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Two Cattaraugus County meth lab operators sentenced

LITTLE VALLEY – Michael J. Connors, 33, a Franklinville repeat felon, was sentenced to state prison, and Jacob G. Winship, 24, of Little Valley, was ordered to serve additional time in the county jail Monday by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz.

Both pleaded guilty separately to felony charges of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine on Jan. 25.

Connors was ordered serve up to four years in the state prison system for operating a meth lab on his Weller Road property. District Attorney Lori Petti Rieman said the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and local fire departments were sent to Connors’ home because of the possibility of fires and explosions that might have erupted while his illegal operation was being dismantled. Connors was also ordered to serve two years of post-prison supervision

Winship, because of the time he had already been in custody, was ordered to serve up to another year at the county jail in Little Valley. Winship’s smaller meth operation in his West Hill Road house was raided by the regional drug task force Aug. 17.

Also Monday before Ploetz:

• Ryan K. Brooks, 43, of Salamanca, was sentenced as a repeat felon to an 18-month to three-year state prison term on his Feb. 8 guilty plea to a felony charge of second-degree attempted assault for violently interfering with police officers during an incident in Salamanca on June 5.

• Chad Goodwin, 42, of Warren, Pa., waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty to felony charges of first-degree scheme to defraud and third-degree grand larceny for bilking Cattaraugus County residents in a business scheme from March 2011 to March 2014. He faces sentencing June 27.

• CJ Andrew Wolf, 24, of Niagara Falls, waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty to third-degree rape for a sexual incident with a girl younger than 17 years old in the Town of Salamanca last Dec. 6. He faces sentencing June 27.

• Brandon A. Studd, 36, of Yorkshire, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with second-degree burglary and six counts of fourth-degree grand larceny for a Town of Yorkshire home break-in and the theft of firearms last May 19.

• Carstarphne L. Thomas, 33, of Olean, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for a City of Olean drug sale on Jan. 15, 2015. Indicted last September, he faces sentencing May 31.