2011-06-16 / Local & State

Newton, Spriggs Sentenced To State Imprisonment

Judge Walsh hands down ruling in unrelated cases
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER


Newton Newton Two Fulton County men have been sentenced to state imprisonment after having previously entered guilty pleas in their respective, unrelated cases.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall informed Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Walsh that Mc- Connellsburg resident Christopher J.C. Spriggs had not only been cooperative but honest as well in presenting his version of the events surrounding his arrest on October 29, 2010.

Charging documents filed by Pennsylvania State Police in the case maintain Spriggs, formerly of 102 Lincoln Way East, Apt. E, was given $500 by a confidential informant on October 22 in exchange for crack cocaine. Spriggs allegedly told the informant he would make a trip to Harrisburg for the drugs and return with them as soon as he could. The money was exchanged, but Spriggs never showed up at the informant’s townhouse with the cocaine.


Spriggs Spriggs In addition, the informant contacted Spriggs on the day of his arrest in an attempt to purchase Oxycontin tablets. One hundred dollars was reportedly paid for a total of two pills.

Kendall went on to ask the court last Tuesday to allow the 38-year-old to participate in the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive

(RRRI) program in spite of a 1994 conviction for harassment. In taking into consideration comments from the district attorney and Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard, Judge Walsh sentenced Spriggs to back-to-back sentences in a state correctional institution on one count each of possession of controlled substance and criminal attempt-manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver.

In connection with criminal attempt, the judge ordered Spriggs to complete between 21 months and 72 months in state prison with credit granted for time previously served. An additional six to 12 months was imposed for possession. Furthermore, he will be eligible for participation in RRRI.

Fines and costs imposed include $575 in restitution to the Pennsylvania State Police for drug-buy money and vehicle towing; $239 in lab user fees; $200 to the Substance Abuse Fund; $500 in fines; and a $25- per-month supervision fee.

Warfordsburg area resident Dale Arnold Newton appeared in court proceedings last Tuesday for sentencing in connection with a guilty plea to two counts of simple assault.

Newton, 25, was arrested by state police last October on six counts of simple assault; two counts each of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person; and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegations were made that he beat two small children with a stick.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Newton was accused of striking a 2-year-old boy and the boy’s 4-year-old sister with a broken wooden stick as well as his hands. The juveniles were left in Newton’s care at his former residence located at 15427 Buck Valley Road, Apt. 4., while the children’s mother was at work.

Both children had extensive severe bruising, said the affidavit. Specifically, the 2-year-old male suffered “fresh bruising to both ears and his face” and also had several older bruises on his face, lower back, chest and biceps. His private parts were also swollen from recent physical injury, the charging documents state. In addition, documents show the girl suffered recent bruising on her legs and buttocks and an apparent recent bruise to her head and forehead.

District Attorney Kendall told Judge Walsh during sentencing proceedings on June 7 that the most remarkable aspect of the case is the degree of Newton’s drug problem. “I wouldn’t have guessed that someone could ingest or inject that many opiates in one day,” said Kendall.

On behalf of her client, Public Defender Bard stated treatment through the state intermediate punishment program would have been the way to go in the case. Given the fact he admitted to a drug problem when previously entering a plea, Bard noted Newton wishes to use every opportunity available to him to keep him out of court in the future.

Walsh made reference to the the severity of the allegations against Newton and questioned why the case was reduced to simple assault pleas. Kendall pointed out the children in the case have moved out of state, have no contact with Newton and are being protected by Services for Children, state police and their parents.

Apologizing for his actions, Newton announced to the court he wanted to move on with his life and better himself. He was remanded to a state correctional institution for a minimum of 23 months with credit granted for time served. The maximum sentence is a combined 60 months incarceration. He will be eligible for boot camp.

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