LOCKPORT – As drug dealers go, Michael N. Ivey Jr. of Niagara Falls is “likable,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said Monday. But he’s also “a career criminal,” the judge said in sentencing Ivey to five years in state prison on two crack cocaine felonies.
Ivey, 32, of Michigan Avenue, faces more legal trouble in Ohio, where a pending drug indictment could bring him 11 more years in prison if he is convicted, Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said.
Ivey pleaded guilty to third-degree and attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was under indictment for having a gram of crack July 30, 2010, when police raided his home Feb. 7 and seized five ounces of crack and $1,700.
Ivey, who left school in the 11th grade, said he turned to selling crack because he had “no job, child support [due], bills piling up.” He said that was “a bad decision.”
Farkas replied, “Wasn’t it a bad decision to only go to 11th grade? Wasn’t it a bad decision to have children out of wedlock before you could afford them?” Ivey agreed with the judge.