A Brooklyn man tried in absentia on drug charges in October in Albany County Court was sentenced to 30 years in prison today.
Ijal Sadler, 27, was given the maximum sentence by Judge Stephen Herrick, who cited his complete disregard for the judicial system, including efforts to manipulate and intimidate witnesses.
“Protecting witnesses is one of the most important acts this office undertakes, and this sentence should serve as lesson to anyone thinking of engaging in similar behavior,” said Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares. “This is a dangerous man who, in attempting to threaten and coerce witnesses, cost the county thousand of dollars to protect and relocate people who feared for their safety. I am very pleased that this man will now spend the next three decades in prison thinking about the impact his irresponsible and malicious actions have had on the justice system, and most importantly the witnesses in this case.”
Sudler was convicted in October of three felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphrenalia.
Sudler was arrested in November 2006 and freed on $20,000 bail, but failed to show up for his original trial date in September. He was taken into custody by U.S. marshals in January in Richmond, Va., and returned to Albany.