When you’re in state prison, every day matters — and a former heroin addict serving time for assaulting a Canandaigua police officer is going to spend 180 fewer days there after his sentence was reduced.
Allen Funk, previously sentenced to seven years for running over a Canandaigua police officer with his truck and fleeing from police, saw a sliver of leniency by Ontario County Court Judge William Kocher in court on Wednesday when his sentence was reduced from seven years.
“I’m going to sentence you to six and a half years followed by three years of post-release supervision,” said Kocher. “You’re not through after that, though; you’ve still got legal matters to resolve in Pennsylvania when you’re done here.”
The sentence came after a plea to the judge for leniency, in which Funk painted the picture of a changed man.
“I apologize to the court for not taking responsibility for my actions,” said Funk, who is an Army veteran who suffers from PTSD after a tour in Afghanistan. “Prison is a stark cold reality. I’ve dug myself a very deep hole and I’m trying to dig myself out.”
At the time of his crime Funk stated that he was addicted to heroin. According to Funk, since the Ontario County jury found him guilty of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and criminal mischief he’s taken advantage of the multiple counseling services and educational opportunities available to inmates.