2014-02-27 / Local & State

Hess Gets Additional Jail Time

Sentencing held in third drug case
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


A McConnellsburg man already incarcerated in a state correctional institution received an additional jail sentence also linked to drug charges last Tuesday in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas.

Sixty-six-year-old Albert “Jake” Hess, most recently of 212 Lincoln Way East, was previously sentenced in mid-December to 32 and 72 months in a state correctional institution (SCI) by Judge Carol L. Van Horn for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Even though his minimum sentence could be reduced to 24 months due to his eligibility in the RRRI program, he appeared in court before Van Horn yet again on an additional count of delivery on February 18.

Hess was ordered to complete an additional nine to 36 months in a SCI, which will fall at the expiration of a previous sentence.

The newest case and sentence against Hess stemmed from the sale of 10 Hydrocodone tablets to a confidential informant on March 22, 2013. At the time, Hess was free on bail posted in connection with the other two drug cases.

The delivery, according to charging documents filed by an undercover Pennsylvania State Police officer, occurred in Hess’s living room of his previous residence located at the Cardinal Glen Apartments. Sixty dollars in state police confidential funds was exchanged in the delivery.

In a prior court proceeding, Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall referred to Hess’s drug activity as a money making scheme. At the time, he added the defendant and his wife, Gayle, who completed county jail time for her involvement in the original two cases, were wards of the state. He said they were able to receive their opiate prescriptions for a copay of $3 per bottle and in turn sold the pills for $350.

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