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Young man blows second chance, sent to prison for two and a half years

A young man once granted a second chance following his arrest in Batavia on drug charges was sentenced to state prison today.

Rochester native Benjamin Santiago, 23, will spend the next two and a half years in prison for drug possession and parole violation.

Santiago was originally arrested at a Batavia motel back in June of 2011.
At the time, he was one of three men arrested in possession of 74 bags of heroin and cocaine.

Shortly after his arrest, Genesee County Court agreed to allow Santiago to plead guilty to a reduced charge that would carry no jail time if he completed a substance-abuse program.

Santiago never completed the program and never appeared back in court.

He was re-arrested in October for bail jumping. His sentence on that charge will be handed down next month will run consecutively with the term he was given today.

Elizabeth Downie
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Why is it important to state that he "was born in Rochester"??

Billie Owens
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It's not necessarily "important" to state that he was born in Rochester. It's just a fact that was included. It is what it is and including it or not is simply a subjective choice.

Doug Yeomans
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It isn't. It's just part of the news article.

Elizabeth Downie
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Calm down friends... I was simply asking. I don't recall seeing where other people were born, so I thought I'd ask.

Thanks for the info! Smile

Doug Yeomans
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Who is not being calm? Look at the time stamps. Billie and I commented at the same time.

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