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A frail-looking, diabetic great-grandmother who admitted possessing 60 bags of heroin was spared state prison but not a warning from a judge.

Leocadia Vasquez received five years of probation Monday for attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She could have been sentenced to 25 years in state prison.

Oneida County Judge Michael Dwyer said, "I don't want to have to put a 73-year-old woman in jail."

According to a probation report and police, Ms. Vasquez was aware her apartment, where she lived with her 19-year-old great-grandson, was used for drug trafficking. Prosecutors said Ms. Vasquez pleaded guilty last month to protect someone else, probably a family member.

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