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Drug charges land Pa. man 10 years of prison, probation

June 06, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., man facing several drug-related charges was sentenced Wednesday to a combination of 10 years of intermediate punishment and probation.

Bradley Freshman, 23, last month pleaded guilty to theft by deception and two counts of delivery in Franklin County Court.

Freshman, of 3359 Williamson Road, sold two bags of heroin to an undercover Franklin County Drug Task Force detective and a confidential informant from his home in January 2001, according to court records.

In August, Pennsylvania State Police investigated the theft of several checks of a Greene Township, Pa., woman who said someone, later identified as Freshman, cashed a check belonging to her at Talhelm's Gas Station in Antrim Township, court records show.

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Freshman told police he received the check from a woman who knew the victim and gave her the money. The woman has since returned to Iowa and will not be prosecuted, according to court records.

On Feb. 5, Pennsylvania State Police armed with a warrant searched Freshman's residence. Police found five vials of heroin, hypodermic needles, $376 cash and assorted paraphernalia, they said.

Freshman told police he had purchased 20 vials of heroin in Baltimore the day before and sold at least six of them, according to court records.

In exchange for the plea, Freshman will not be prosecuted on several charges relating to the three cases including one count each of criminal use of a communication facility, forgery, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On the first count of delivery, Judge John Walker sentenced Freshman Wednesday to 60 months of intermediate punishment, which includes two months in Franklin County Prison's work release program, two months of electronic monitoring and two months of intense supervision, with the remainder on probation. He received two days credit for time served.

Walker imposed an identical sentence for the second count of delivery and gave Freshman credit for an additional 91 days of time served.

Freshman has been in prison on $75,000 bail since his February arrest, according to court records.

He was given a suspended sentence of 24 months probation for the single count of theft by deception. That sentence will run concurrently with the second delivery sentence.

"You have to behave yourself and not use drugs or alcohol" while on probation, Walker said.

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