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Husband takes the heat in court, wife expected to be cleared

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man who sold nearly four pounds of marijuana to a undercover informant pleaded guilty to the top count of first-degree criminal sale of marijuana in State Supreme Court on Thursday. As part of the plea deal charges will be dismissed against his wife, Deborah L. Manna.

David Manna, 46, of South Transit Street, sold 3.9 pounds of pot to an informant on Oct. 30 in the Town of Hartland and could face a maximum sentence of 1-1/3 to five years in prison and an additional 1 to 3 years of post release supervision when he is sentenced on Aug. 21.

“He is accepting responsibility for the crime,” said his attorney James J. Faso Jr. told Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Jr.

Manna’s wife, Deborah, 45, was sitting in a vehicle that was searched at the scene where another 1.9 pounds of pot was found and had been charged with second-degree possession. Charges remain pending against a third person found in the vehicle, Clayton J. Kelkenberg, 33, of the same address, who was also charged with second-degree possession.

As part of the plea David Manna must forfeit $943 that was seized at the arrest. Charges are expected to be dismissed at the sentencing against his wife and she will be ordered to forfeit $896 that was seized at the arrest, according to Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh.