2012-07-12 / Front Page

Peck Sentenced To 24 Months In Intermediate Punishment Program

Appears in court via video conferencing
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A McConnellsburg man will spend two years in a state correctional institution in connection with selling heroin to Pennsylvania State Police confidential informants.

Appearing in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas on July 3 via video conferencing, Timothy James Peck was ordered to complete 24 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) through the state Department of Corrections for each of the two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. The sentences are to run concurrently or simultaneously with one another. Peck was also granted credit for time served in the Camp Hill state correctional institution between May 10 and July 3.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Carol L. Van Horn further ordered the 24-year-old man to pay $1,000 in fines, $200 to the Substance Abuse Fund, $226 in lab user fees, $210 in restitution to the Pennsylvania State Police for drug buy money and a $25-permonth supervision fee.

In a May court proceeding, Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall advised the court of Peck’s extensive and lengthy history of drug use ranging from marijuana and crack cocaine to prescription pills. At the time, he noted Peck had been dealing heroin to help with his own addiction to opiates. As a result, Peck will complete any drug and alcohol treatment deemed necessary.

Peck’s conviction stemmed from a confidential informant making two controlled purchases of heroin during the fall of 2011 at Peck’s residence located at 2113 Back Run Road, Ayr Township.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case by a trooper from the Hollidaysburg station, the first incident occurred on October 3 when two informants drove to the residence at 11:30 a.m. One information, police said, went inside the home where three foil wraps containing heroin were purchased from Peck.

Later on November 14, police maintain in charging documents, two informants again went to Peck’s home. Four paper wrappers containing heroin were purchased shortly after noon.

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