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Man indicted during honeymoon sentenced to five years

William Cody Snavely pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone

September 09, 2010|By DON AINES

A Keedysville man who learned he had been indicted on drug charges while on his honeymoon entered a guilty plea Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.

William Cody Snavely, 19, of 18832 Geeting Road, was sentenced by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long to five years in prison, with three of those years suspended. In exchange for his plea, charges of distribution of Oxycodone and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed, according to Washington County Narcotics Task Force Supervising Attorney Robert Veil.

Veil recommended that Snavely's period of incarceration be capped at three years, but defense attorney John Salvatore argued for a month behind bars, saying that his client had enlisted in the military and a short sentence would allow him to report for basic training.

"Obviously, it had quite a chilling effect on his honeymoon," Salvatore said of the indictment.

Salvatore told Long that Snavely was allowed to turn himself in after the honeymoon.

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Snavely was among more than a dozen people charged with drug-related offenses as the result of an undercover investigation earlier this year that lasted about three months, Veil said Thursday. Snavely's was the first case to be disposed, Veil said.

The indictment stated that Snavely participated in the delivery of Oxycodone on April 27. In court, Veil said it involved the sale of three Percocet tablets for $90 to a task force informant and that Snavely conspired with a person identified as "Cheese."

In June, task force agents arrested 13 Washington County residents and performed searches at one address in Funkstown and four addresses in Boonsboro, a published report said. At the time, more arrests were expected, the report said.

Snavely was not among those listed in the published report, which named eight people from Boonsboro, two each from Sharpsburg and Funkstown, and one from Keedysville.

Snavely, who had no prior criminal record, declined to participate in more drug sales, Salvatore said.

Long said the sentence recommended by the state was too long, but what Salvatore was asking was too little for the crime.

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