{{featured_button_text}}

AUBURN — An Auburn woman said she sold a man heroin, fentanyl patches and Adderall last year to earn the money and drugs to support her own addiction. 

Christina M. Deuel, 40, of 7305 State St. Road, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony. 

Deuel was initially charged with attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said she helped arrange the sale of 15 bags of heroin to undercover deputies last December. However, that wasn't the incident to which she pleaded guilty to Thursday. 

In Cayuga County Court, Deuel said she helped arrange another transaction two days prior to the attempt with undercover officers. Deuel said she purchased the drugs from a dealer on Dec. 6, 2016, and then sold them to a man at her former residence on Washington Street. 

"I would make money off of it to buy drugs for myself," Deuel said. "I scored either cash or drugs." 

Deuel said she later learned the man had suffered a near-fatal overdose from the heroin and fentanyl she sold him. The Cayuga County District Attorney's Office said that overdose had prompted the investigation at the sheriff's office. 

Deuel's guilty plea Thursday satisfied other charges pending against her. She could face up to nine years in prison, but Judge Thomas Leone agreed to sentence her to one year in prison and two years post-release supervision. Leone added that he would likely include a Willard order, which would allow Deuel to receive substance abuse treatment while serving the majority of her sentence as parole supervision. 

Deuel was continued out on her own recognizance Thursday. Her sentencing was adjourned to April 26. 

Also in court: 

• Brandon Hinman was back in court Thursday after falling behind on his restitution. 

In June, Judge Leone resentenced Hinman to two to six years in prison for violating the terms and conditions of his probation. Hinman was originally placed on five years probation in 2015 for stealing nearly $50,000 from his family — funds that had been raised following the premature birth of his twin daughters and the unexpected death of his wife, Jenna. 

Hinman is scheduled to be released from prison in February. In court Thursday, he agreed to give his mother access to his finances so he could continue paying restitution while he is incarcerated. 

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Hinman still owes around $32,000 in restitution. Hinman was previously ordered to pay $850 a month, but has not paid since he was put in prison in June. 

Leone ordered that Hinman pay roughly $7,500 before his release in February. He will then continue to pay $850 a month until his restitution is paid in full. 

Get the latest local news delivered daily directly to your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

2
7
4
3
13