Pesante, had nothing to say prior to sentencing by Judge Karle and in the agreed upon deal will spend the next eight years in state prison.

CANANDAIGUA — You could hear crickets when Judge Karle offered Robert Pesante an opportunity to speak prior to sentencing for drug dealing.

Pesante, 26, will spend the next eight years in state prison after pleading guilty to 5 counts of the 14 count indictment for the sale of cocaine across the county.

It was the sale of nearly an ounce of cocaine spread across multiple locations to undercover operatives and his prior criminal history making his top crime of second degree criminal sale of a controlled substance substance an A2 felony.

Pesante was represented by Paul Bleakley who negotiated the deal on his client's behalf. If found guilty after a trial Pesante was facing a potential sentence of up to 12 years on the low end.

In his deal Pesante additionally pleaded guilty to three counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

In 2011 the Geneva man previously served two years in state prison for second degree attempted robbery.

The deal included Pesante forfeiting $4,178 in cash, $2,700 in restitution and his 2009 Chevy Malibu. Prior to sentencing he was out on $20,000 cash bail.