CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (CBSNewYork) – According to her attorney, Joanne Connelly was a typical middle class soccer mom from Long Island, but prosecutors said otherwise.
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Connelly was accused of dealing prescription drugs right out of her well-manicured, two-story Nesconset home, 700 feet from a middle school.
In federal court on Wednesday, the 49-year-old sat with her head down, crying, as the judge sentenced the mother of two to 26 months behind bars.
The mother of two pleaded guilty to selling the Oxycodone pills that were prescribed to her to help ease the pain of a bad back.
“She’s paid a dear price in the sense that she’s now going to be incarcerated and is going to have no ability to deal with her family during that period of time,” said Connelly’s lawyer, James O’Rourke.
Authorities said Connelly was arrested in January when she sold the pills to an undercover officer.
O’Rourke says his client is attending rehabilitation prior to her sentence, which begins in June 1.
“We are hopeful that when she’s completed this sentence then she’ll be clean and sober and will be for the rest of her life,” he said.