A Carbon County man who was found guilty earlier this year of a drug count by a jury was sentenced Tuesday in the county court.

Donato Anthony Farole, 23, of Lehighton, was placed on probation for a year on a charge of possession of a controlled substance by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Farole was found not guilty by a county jury of more serious charges of two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The verdict was reached following a two-day trial in January.

Farole was accused of selling a 40 mg. Opana pill to Brett Flexer, 20, of Lehighton. The sale was allegedly made at a party held in a Mahoning Township home on the night of April 20, into April 23, 2011. Opana is a pain-killing drug. Flexer later died. An autopsy report stated Flexer died as the result of elevated levels of alcohol and a narcotic he had in his system.

Farole was not charged with the death of Flexer but in connection with selling him a narcotic.

Yesterday Farole told Serfass he became addicted to painkillers after having suffering a serious injury while playing football at Lehighton High School.

He said since his arrest he has addressed his addiction problem. He said he was on pretrial services for 17 months and during that time was regularly tested for drug use and all tests were negative.

He said he is now a student at Bloomsburg University and continues counseling with a doctor located at the school.

He told Serfass he is 23 months clean of drug use.

His father told the court that his son was a "good boy" that made mistakes but is doing what he must to get back on track.

Serfass told Farole that the battle with the drug addiction is sometimes a lifetime effort. He said Farole has an opportunity to "take a different path" in his life.

Serfass also ordered Farole to continue his current counseling, zero tolerance imposed on drug or alcohol use, and render 50 hours of community service. He must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.