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Brandon Hicks
March 8, 2019 08:19 am

HUDSON — A woman, her son and daughter-in-law will serve a combined 21 years in state prison for possessing firearms and more than $7,000 worth of cocaine, a Columbia County judge ordered Thursday.

Renee Hicks, 38; Brandon Hicks, 31; and Martha Williams, 62, all of Hudson, were sentenced on the following charges: second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; and second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony.

Renee Hicks and Brandon Hicks were also sentenced on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, according to a statement released by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Williams faced one count of the same charge.

Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols sentenced Brandon Hicks to 10 years, Williams to five years and Renee Hicks to six years. Each received five years of post-release supervision.

Williams is Brandon Hicks’ mother and Renee Hicks is his wife.

The three were arrested as part of a Columbia County drug-dealing investigation, police said.

Williams, Brandon Hicks and Renee Hicks were pulled over in a traffic stop in March by Columbia County sheriff’s deputies. The stop led to the execution of a search warrant by police of their home on suspicion of drug possession. The three were arrested after the Columbia County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit raided their home, according to police.

The three possessed more than five ounces of cocaine and two handguns, police said.

The three pleaded guilty to the charges on Dec. 17.

Hicks has several prior felony convictions in Columbia County. He served four years on a charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and was released on parole in August 2018, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. He also served two years on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. He also served time in state prison on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony.

The investigation was headed up by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson Police Department and New York State Division of Parole.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.

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