Glens Falls man pleads guilty, sent to prison for having more than pound of cocaine

January 10, 2018 06:11 PM

QUEENSBURY - He's 28 years old and he'll be closer to 40 by the time he gets out of prison.

Gordon "Denny" Wilhelm was an imposing presence on the Glens Falls High School football field and basketball court. 

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But Wednesday in a far different kind of court, he couldn't defend his behavior.

The six-foot, five-inch Wilhelm, who went on to play football at U-Albany and Castleton University, was stopped on the Northway in Queensbury in August with more than a pound of cocaine between his legs on the front seat.

Investigators say he'd just bought the drug downstate and planned to sell it in and around his hometown.

According to his friends and even prosecutors, this was the side of Wilhelm driven by addiction.

"It's clear from the history and what has gone on, that his addiction is just a terrible one and it clouds his judgment and it brings him here," said Peter Moschetti, Wilhelm's attorney.

Wilhelm's other side showed an eagerness to help and motivate others. Moschetti said more than 20 people submitted letters to the court in support of his client.

He's been identified in published reports as basketball star Jimmer Fredette's best friend.

At the time of his arrest, Wilhelm owned a popular Glens Falls gym and was credited with guiding and inspiring young people.

Judge John Hall telling Wilhelm that he hopes he gets back on track when he gets out.
"You can be a tremendous force for helping other people who've gone through your kind of issues here."

Wilhelm took responsibility and was sentenced to 9-and-a-half years in state prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision.

"I've let myself, my family,this community and this court down and for that I'm truly deeply sorry," Wilhelm said.



Mark Mulholland

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