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Pa. man gets lighter sentence from judge

June 13, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who was the go-between in a drug deal received a lighter sentence Wednesday because he said he is off drugs and didn't benefit from the drug sale.

Jason Lynn Andrew, 172 Sandy Circle, had pleaded guilty to one count of criminal use of a communication facility and was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 60 months of intermediate punishment.

Judge Carol Van Horn ordered Andrew to serve the first 15 days in the Franklin County Prison work release program, three months on electronic monitoring and the balance on probation.

Andrew, 21, arranged a drug buy for a Pennsylvania State Police confidential informant Aug. 24 at a Greene Township restaurant, according to court records.

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The informant called Andrew to arrange the purchase of one-eighth of an ounce of cocaine from another man that night, the records show.

The District Attorney's Office had recommended a three-month sentence, but Andrew's attorney, David Keller, argued he was simply the go-between.

"That does not warrant incarceration," Keller said. "He has done well and is clean."

Andrew said he stopped using drugs nine months ago without the help of a program and has stayed clean.

Van Horn said Andrew had a previous criminal history and he had to serve some time in jail.

"I think it is important at this stage you experience some time in Franklin County Prison," she said.

She said she agreed to a sentence below the standard one to 12 months because Andrew has stopped using drugs and was only the go-between in the incident.

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