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Man plans to appeal drug sentence

September 08, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Scotland, Pa., man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 31/2 to 15 years in state prison on drug charges, but remained free on bail pending an appeal of his conviction.

Judge John R. Walker sentenced Rondu Bethea, 27, of 3768 Main St., on charges of delivery of cocaine and criminal conspiracy. He had been convicted on the charges in a June jury trial.

Bethea was charged as a result of an undercover Pennsylvania State Police investigation. He was convicted of selling 12 grams of cocaine from All That Stuff, 3 N. Earl St., Shippensburg, on April 15, 1998. He was working as a clerk at the store, according to court records.

Because of the amount of cocaine involved in the transaction, Bethea faced a mandatory minimum of three years in state prison and a $15,000 fine for the delivery charge, according to Assistant District Attorney John Lisko. Walker gave him six months more in jail for the criminal conspiracy conviction.

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Walker also gave Beathea a concurrent six months to two years in prison on a habitual offender conviction involving driving while his license was suspended. He was arrested for that on March 7 and pleaded guiulty on July 9.

Two woman charged in connection with Bethea's case, Dominque Scalia of Shippensburg, and her daughter LaShae Scalia, have had their cases transferred to federal court.

Dominque Scalia, who owned the store where Bethea worked, is charged with five counts each of delivery of cocaine and criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine, according to court records. LaShae Scalia is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Pennsylvania State Police seized 170 grams of cocaine when they arrested LaShae Scalia on July 10, 1998, driving a car belonging to her mother, court records said.

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