LITTLE VALLEY – A 27-year-old Little Valley man pleaded guilty Monday before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz to attempted strangulation in the second degree for allegedly trying to choke his wife during a domestic dispute in their Second Street home last Dec. 20.
Brian P. Blasdell, who also has been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and growing cannabis, faces a prison term of up to four years when he is sentenced Aug. 26.
Also this week:
• A 54-year-old West Seneca man pleaded guilty before Ploetz to a felony charge of attempting to evade or defeat the cigarette tax for his arrest June 2, 2012, in the Town of Carrollton. Steven M. Licata was arrested that day for allegedly transporting 30,000 or more untaxed cigarettes, giving police a false name, speeding and driving without a license. He faces sentencing Sept. 30.
• Misty D. Luce, 30, of Salamanca, faces a Sept. 9 sentencing on her guilty plea to a felony count of attempted burglary in the third degree and petit larceny for her arrest during an attempted burglary last Dec. 12 in the Town of Allegany.
• Michael L. Wright, 28, of Portville, was sentenced to five years’ probation for his conviction on felony attempted assault in the second degree and misdemeanor criminal contempt for his attempt to assault a person in the Village of Portville on Feb. 18. The victim already had obtained a court order of protection against him.
• Bryant D. Battle, 23, of Olean, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on an indictment charging him with felony counts of criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance in the third degree for an alleged cocaine sale in the City of Olean last Sept. 21.