2010-12-30 / Local & State

Spriggs Pleads Not Guilty

Call of the list scheduled for April 12
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER
among a group of 10 individuals to appear in Fulton County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday for mandatory arraignment before President Judge Douglas Herman.

Christopher J.C. Spriggs of 102 Lincoln Way West, Apt. E, waived arraignment proceedings held on one count each of criminal attempt, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Accompanied by Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard, Spriggs pleaded not guilty to all charges in connection with the alleged incidents that occurred in late October.

The 38-year-old man is accused of taking $500 from a confidential informant at a location in the Mc- Connellsburg area on October 22, Pennsylvania State Police investigators maintained in charging documents. Spriggs in turn was to take the money to Harrisburg where he would purchase crack cocaine for the informant, the affidavit said. Spriggs took the money but never returned with the drugs.

One week later, the same informant text-messaged Spriggs and asked him to bring some Oxycontin tablets. Spriggs met the informant on October 29 in the home’s parking area and allegedly exchanged two pills for $100 in cash.

Spriggs was pulled over a short time later by state police troopers. The buy money, also referred to as confidential funds, was reportedly found inside the vehicle.

Judge Herman announced that Spriggs and the other nine defendants are next scheduled to appear in county court on April 12 for call of the list. At that time, Spriggs will be given the opportunity to change his plea or request a trial to be heard by a judge or jury. Jury selection is tentatively slated to begin on April 25.

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