ITHACA, N.Y. — A man originally facing multiple drug charges in two towns and the City of Ithaca accepted a plea deal Wednesday morning in court.

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Dennis “Life” Livingston, 36, of Queens, pleaded guilty to one count of felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. In exchange for the plea, he will serve five years of probation, have his driver’s license suspended and forfeit items found during his arrest.

Court records show that he could have served a maximum of nine years in prison with two years of post-release supervision.

Court records show that Livingston and two other people were charged with selling heroin in the Town of Ithaca on January 15. He was released on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

About two weeks later, Livingston and was found with marijuana in the city of Ithaca and at least 15 grams of cocaine were found at a home he shared with his girlfriend in Dryden. Police said they found packaging material, such as glassine envelopes and small rubber bands, in the home which they say is consistent with supplies used to package and sell drugs.

According to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Livingston was originally charged with felonies for three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance , third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor for second-degree criminal use of a controlled substance.

He’s scheduled to appear for sentencing Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.

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Jolene Almendarez

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