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Heroin habit lands Pa. woman in prison

December 27, 2001

Heroin habit lands Pa. woman in prison



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A Fayetteville, Pa., woman who sold heroin to a police informant and was unable to stay off drugs after a court-ordered stay at a halfway house will spend at least 11 months in the county prison.

"Maybe time in the slammer will get her attention," Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker said before sentencing Bethany J. Overcash on one count of delivery of heroin and two counts of simple possession Wednesday.

Overcash, 21, of 255 W. Main St., Fayetteville, has no prior record and was selling heroin to support her own habit, defense attorney Shawn Meyers said.

She spent time in a halfway house this fall but began using heroin again after she was released, Meyers said.

"She went back and used. Obviously she wasn't taking her treatment program seriously," Walker said.

But Overcash said after two months in jail, she is taking the charges seriously, her lawyer said, and is trying to get into another rehabilitation program.

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Walker sentenced Overcash, who had pleaded guilty to the charges, to 11 to 23 months in county prison and 36 months probation. He ran the sentence from Oct. 9 when Overcash was incarcerated and gave her credit for one day time served.

He suspended both simple possession sentences and ordered her to serve 12 months probation on each.

He said if Overcash completed the first sentence and 36 months probation he would waive the remaining two probationary sentences.

Overcash was arrested May 29 after she sold a vial of heroin to a police informant inside a car at the Sheetz on North Franklin Street in Chambersburg, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

When Chambersburg Police searched her car following the incident, they found drug paraphernalia, marijuana, a syringe and seven vials of heroin, the affidavit said.

The second simple possession charged stemmed from a May 26 incident where Overcash sold a vial of heroin for $50 to a Franklin County Drug Task Force detective, the affidavit said.

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