A Geneva drug dealer, whose son was born while incarcerated, was sentenced to six years for criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of narcotics.
CANANDAIGUA — It was an emotional roller coaster of a court appearance for a Geneva man who for the first time laid eyes on his newborn son and was then sentenced to six years in state prison.
In court on Tuesday, Donta Hawkins Jr., 21, pled guilty to second degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
“That’s your daddy right there,” said the mother to the infant who was born while Hawkins was in jail.
Hawkins did himself no favors prior to sentencing. While out on bond for his initial Geneva weapon and drug charges and awaiting the birth of his child, he was picked up in Monroe County in a car with drugs.
“The facts of this case are very disturbing. There were large quantities of fentanyl packaged and ready to sell, a firearm, bullet proof vest, and a large quantity of U.S. currency,” said first assistant district attorney Jason MacBride. “He was a big-time drug dealer and was dangerous to the community.”
MacBride said that in Geneva while police executed a search warrant where the drugs were found, they also seized a stolen .40 cal pistol with the serial numbers scratched out on it and over $1,300 in cash.
"He's not a drug addict, he's a drug dealer," said MacBride. "A violent drug dealer."
Meanwhile, the defense painted a completely different picture of Hawkins, who frequently glanced over his shoulder to look at his newborn child and her mother sitting in the front row.
“Violent high profile drug dealers don’t work full-time in a vegan restaurant,” said Jason Housel from the law firm of Sperano & Housel. Housel was referring to his defendant's full-time work at a local restaurant. “This was a calamity of one thing after another and I attribute this to associating with the wrong people.”
Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis voiced his disappointment with Hawkins for his actions while out on bail.
“I did take a chance on you,” said Judge Dennis. “You used that opportunity to parlay it into further crime and it shows me that my trust in you was misplaced.”
The sentence includes 5 years of post release supervision and various court fees.
“I’m not a violent drug dealer,” said Hawkins. "That’s the D.A’s opinion and I will prove him wrong.”