Information obtained from the Westchester County Jail and Peekskill City Court Tuesday confirms that 41-year-old Clarence O. Bolton—the suspect arrested Dec. 1 and charged with multiple counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance—was not remanded to Westchester County Jail without bail, but released on his own recognizance. This is in stark contrast from Monday, when a city court employee told The Peekskill Post that Bolton had been remanded without bail to the county jail where he would remain until at least his next court date on Dec. 21.
“His next court date is 21 of December and he has been remanded without bail [to the county jail],” said a male Peekskill City Court employee when asked about Bolton’s status Monday. “That means he stays locked up. Bail was not set.”
However, after including that information in Monday’s article about Bolton’s arrest, a reader informed us that Bolton was not in the county jail. On Tuesday, we we able to confirm that the reader was correct.
“He has three cases and was released on his own recognizance on all three,” Ali Carter, a Peekskill City Court clerk, said Tuesday afternoon. “He was released on Dec. 8 and will return for court on Dec. 21. He did not plead to anything and has not been sentenced to anything at this time. ”
A call to the Westchester County Jail Tuesday afternoon confirmed that Bolton was not in that facility.
Bolton, a graduate of Peekskill High School, has been charged with two counts of criminal sale of heroin (a class B felony) and other related charges, according to police. Bolton was arraigned in front of Peekskill City Judge Reginald J. Johnson. In addition to the two felony counts he is facing for allegedly selling heroin, Bolton was hit with a violation for alleged possession of marijuana. According to old news reports found online, Bolton has been arrested multiple times for dealing drugs in Peekskill.
“This was a case involving an undercover police officer and was worked on by the City of Peekskill police and the Northern Westchester Drug Task Force, which consists of officers from Westchester County Department of Public Safety and the Yorktown and Croton police departments,” Peekskill Chief of Police Eric Johansen said Monday.
According to the Peekskill Police Department, Bolton has been charged with the following:
• Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance on 10/19/17 (Class B felony)
• Two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance on 10/19/17 (Class B felony)
• One count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on 12/1/17 (violation)
Peekskill Det. Matt Basso made the arrest. A mugshot was not available.