LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A man who sold $300 of heroin and cocaine to undercover police with the Livingston County Drug Task Force was sentenced to state prison Tuesday morning, no longer owes restitution for the money they spent on him.
Randy Rowe, 33, was sentenced to 3 years in state prison and 3 years of post-release supervision, against his wish that he instead be sentenced to Willard Drug Treatment Center, a drug treatment center for inmates in the state prison system. He politely addressed the court before sentencing and expressed his appreciation for their considerations.
“I just want to take a second to say that this defendant wrote a letter to you and the DA, and I believe that Willard and a ‘bed-to bed’ sentence would be a better start to my recovery,” said Rowe. “Straight time hasn’t done for me in the past. But I am satisfied with the court, and appreciate reducing my restitution to a judgment.”
Rowe was convicted of Burglary in the Third Degree in 2009, and sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison. Because of this, he was sentenced on Tuesday as a second felony offender, hence the harshness of his sentence.
Judge Robert Wiggins said that he did read Rowe’s letter, and that it was very well written, but that it is difficult in these situations to distinguish a ploy to reduce prison time and a genuine change of heart and change of lifestyle, but that if it is the latter, he will take the necessary steps to get clean without being ordered.
“Mr. Rowe is tired of this lifestyle, which he has been in for quite some time,” said Rowe’s public defender, Marcea Clark Tetamore. “It is possible that he has hit his bottom.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Randy Rowe. (Photo/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)