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QUEENSBURY — A Glens Falls woman pleaded guilty to a felony Wednesday for her role in assisting a former local gym proprietor with the transportation of 17 ounces of cocaine to the region last summer.

Catherine A. Peacock, 31, pleaded guilty in Warren County Court to felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, agreeing to serve 3 years in state prison to be followed by 5 years on parole.

Peacock was arrested last Aug. 26 along with Gordon “Denny” Wilhelm IV, the then-owner of popular Glens Falls gym The Athletic Academy.

Peacock was driving a rental car that the two had taken to the New York City area to purchase the cocaine for distribution in the Glens Falls region, according to State Police. They were pulled over on the Northway in Queensbury by state troopers.

Wilhelm pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in state prison. He had a prior felony conviction, and was believed to be the more culpable of the two.

Peacock told Warren County Judge John Hall that she is addicted to cocaine, has used it since she was 18 but wants to get “clean.” She admitted she also had the prescription drug Xanax when she was arrested.

“I’m sorry this happened,” she said. “There were a lot of people affected.”

Her lawyer, Martin McGuinness, pointed out that Peacock had worked as a bartender and had no criminal record before the arrest.

“She has been a productive citizen and I think she has a low risk of recidivism,” McGuinness told Hall.

McGuinness said Peacock knew Wilhelm through his gym.

He said she cooperated with police but had not agreed to cooperate with prosecutors before Wilhelm pleaded guilty.

Hall directed she be allowed to participate in the state Community Alcohol and SAT program, and she may qualify for the shock incarceration boot-camp program as well. That could result in her early release to parole.

Peacock agreed to forfeit $427 that was seized the day of their arrest.

She could have faced up to 24 years in prison if convicted of the weightiest charge she faced, first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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