Cortland man takes plea deal in drug case

The Cortland County Courthouse (Cortland Voice file photo)

A city man pled guilty to selling cocaine Tuesday in Cortland County Court as part of a plea bargain for five years of probation.

Danny L. Marks, Jr., 40, pled guilty to felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance before Judge David Alexander.

Marks admitted in court he sold cocaine on March 29, 2018 in Cortland to a confidential police informant for $100. 

“Yes, I shouldn’t have sold it,” he told Assistant District Attorney Christopher Simser, Sr.

As part of the plea agreement, the Cortland County District Attorney’s Office will not seek indictments against Marks for additional cocaine sales. Marks admitted in court he sold cocaine more than once.

Marks must also repay $300 to the Cortland County Drug Task Force as restitution under the plea deal.

The maximum sentence Marks could have received on the charge was nine years in prison and two years of post-release supervision, Simser told the court. If Marks violates his plea deal he may still be sentenced to the maximum prison term under the terms of the agreement.

Marks promised the Court he would be at his 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 sentencing, saying, “I don’t have anywhere to go but Cortland.”