2012-05-03 / Local & State

Local Woman Has Drug Case Continued

Echo Sipes to be sentenced May 22
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A McConnellsburg woman charged with drug delivery was unable to attend sentencing proceedings Tuesday morning and had her case delayed until later this month.

Defense attorney Philip Harper informed President Judge Douglas Herman of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas his client, Echo Renee Sipes, was currently participating in in-patient treatment. As a result, she was unable to appear for the May 1 court date.

Sipes, 24, had been slated to be sentenced on one count each of the delivery and possession of a controlled substance. She had previously appeared in court on March 13 for entry of a guilty plea. Delivery carries a maximum sentence of 15 years incarceration and $250,000 in fines, while possession can result in a sentence of up to one year in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Fulton County District Attorney

Travis Kendall stated he did not oppose continuing the matter until May 22. He said in looking at the presentence investigation report prepared by the Probation Department it was apparent that treatment was necessary.

“The sooner the better,” added Kendall.

Sipes was initially charged by an undercover officer from the Pennsylvania State Police, Hollidaysburg substation, on October 18, 2011, with two counts of delivery and one count of possession. The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred outside Sipes’ 13 Hillside Estates, McConnellsburg residence on January 28, 2011.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott, the officer and a confidential informant travelled to Sipes’ home at 1:05 p.m. Sipes allegedly handed the informant two paper wraps of heroin and two blue Percocet tablets, police said. A total of $100 in buy money was exchanged.

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