SOUTHINGTON - A Middlefield man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison after he was found with drugs at a Southington rest stop.
Edward Ortutay, 32, accepted a plea deal Friday in Bristol Superior Court, pleading guilty to one count of possession of narcotics with intent to sell. He entered his plea under the Alford doctrine - meaning he disputes the allegations but believes state prosecutors could have potentially convicted him after a trial.
According to prosecutors, Ortutay was found with 40 grams of methamphetamines on Jan. 18, at about 7:41 a.m., at a rest stop off of I-84 eastbound.
Ortutay on Friday was sentenced to six years in prison, suspended after service of 13 months, and three years of probation. He agreed to forfeit $700 - which was seized at his arrest - to the state.
State troopers were called to the rest area on the report of a distraught man walking around the parking lot. Police found Ortutay, who appeared like he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to state police.
He failed multiple field sobriety tests and was found with enough drugs for troopers to believe he intended to sell them, state police said.
In exchange for his plea, charges of sale of a hallucinogen, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating under the influence and failure to keep narcotics in original container were dropped.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.