2013-12-12 / Local & State

Cocaine Delivery Sentencing Continued

Case continued to February 4
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Sarah Clapsadle Sarah Clapsadle NEWS EDITOR

A Fulton County woman will appear in court in February 2014 after being granted a continuation this week on cocaine delivery and possession charges.

Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Meyers granted 20-year-old Sarah Marie Clapsadle, currently of Melius Road, McConnellsburg, a continuance for sentencing purposes until February 4.

Fulton County Public Defender Dwight Harvey requested the continuance for Clapsadle based on her need to bond and spend additional time with her newborn child, who was born in November. Harvey also pointed out his client is breastfeeding, and a modified sentence would allow her to continue seeing the child every other day.

Fulton County District Attorney

Travis Kendall in turn offered testimony from Fulton County Services for Children employee Denise Dunlap. Harvey countered had he known of a potential witness, he could present his own evidence to the contrary.

Judge Meyers told Clapsadle while her “fate is pretty much sealed,” he would grant the continuance based solely on the needs of her newborn child. “This continuance is not for your benefit but that of your child,” Meyers concluded.

During the 1:30 p.m. hearing on February 4, Meyers said the court will decide if any other further continuations will be granted or if sentencing will proceed as scheduled. He added that officials from Pinnacle Health could speak to the court during the next proceeding via conference call, and letters would not be relied upon.

Clapsadle pleaded guilty in late June to one count each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance. At the time, she told the presiding judge she talked to a man who exchanged money for cocaine on December 15, 2012. She also testified she had cocaine on her person during another incident several days prior on December 11.

Charging documents filed in the December 15 case further state that the confidential informant working for state police investigators gave Clapsadle $200 for a plastic baggie containing one gram of cocaine. The alleged transaction reportedly occurred in the alley between the Save-A-Lot and Johnnie’s Motel.

An additional affidavit of probable cause filed in the December 11 case indicates Clapsadle sold .38 gram of cocaine to an informant in the parking lot of Sheetz. One hundred twenty dollars in state police confidential funds was exchanged in the drug transaction.

In both instances, Clapsadle told the informant she had to walk to Johnnie’s Motel to get the drugs from her supplier, the affidavits allege.

Maximum penalty for felony drug delivery is 10 years incarceration and $100,000 in fines, while possession charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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