2013-01-23 / Local & State

Husband, Wife Guilty Of Drug Delivery

Make plea during call of criminal trial list
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A McConnellsburg couple made one last appearance in county court last week before they will be sentenced on drug- delivery charges.

Albert “Jake” Hess and Gayle L. Hess of 111 Woodside Drive, Apt. A-11, were among the nearly two dozen individuals to appear in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas on January 15 for call of the criminal trial list. Standing before President

Judge Douglas W. Herman, the Hesses were each facing two counts of delivery and possession of a controlled substance for two incidents dating back to October 2011.

Each of those felony offenses carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Sixty-six-year-old Albert Hess pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of controlled substance. Meanwhile, Gayle Hess entered a plea of guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance in Criminal Case #158. The charges in the second case were nolle prossed as the commonwealth was unwilling to purse the incident further.

The husband and wife were initially charged by an undercover officer with the Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg on October 3, 2012, through the office of Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne. In the charging documents, the trooper alleged the controlled buys of hydrocodone occurred in northern Fulton County at the intersection of Waterfall and North Hess roads and at a location along Route 913.

The affidavit of probable cause indicates in both instances on October 24 and 28, 2011, the couple arrived at the scene in a white 2002 Chevrolet Silverado truck driven by Gayle. The confidential informant was handed a pill bottle each time containing 50 hydrocodone tablets in exchange for $350. Furthermore, Albert Hess told the informant he put three extra tablets in both bottles, police said.

Documents said during the second buy, Albert Hess’ name was listed on the pill bottle.

Both Albert and Gayle Hess will be sentenced March 5.

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