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Pa. woman sentenced on theft, drug charges

June 21, 2002

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Noting the difficulties of kicking a heroin habit, a Franklin County judge cautioned a Greencastle, Pa., woman before sentencing her on theft and drug-related charges Wednesday that the county would keep close watch on her.

"My overriding concern is you were involved in heroin. It's not uncommon to fall back very quickly," Judge Douglas Herman warned Christina D. Stoner, of 417 W. Baltimore St.

Herman sentenced Stoner to 46 days to 12 months in Franklin County Prison for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He gave her credit for 46 days of time served and said she would be paroled Wednesday.

He also sentenced Stoner to 12 months of probation for theft by unlawful taking and ordered her to make $350 restitution.

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Stoner had previously entered guilty pleas on both charges, according to court records.

Stoner said Wednesday she has been off drugs for five months, and a counselor at a substance abuse facility said in a letter that she completed an intensive outpatient program.

"You are to be commended for the progress you have made to this point," Herman said. "Hopefully your family will continue to take an interest in your well-being and have enough courage to tell us if they see you slipping."

Stoner, 22, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia when Greencastle Police attempted to serve an arrest warrant for the theft charge on Jan. 10. They were advised by Stoner's sister that she had drug paraphernalia in her purse, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The theft charge stemmed from an incident in 2000 when Stoner removed two checks from her sister's checkbook and forged them for a total of $350, the affidavit said.

- Stacey Danzuso

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