A Palmerton man was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court after entering a guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-cocaine. He was among several defendants to plea guilty to drug related charges.
William Graver, 56, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic to serve nine to one day less two years in prison on the charge.
Graver was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office after they served a warrant on Graver's residence in Septmeber 2010. Found in his home was 14 grams of cocaine.
Defense Atty. George Dydynsky told Nanovic that Graver suffers from mental health problems. He added, "In fact he has a lot of health problems."
Dydynsky said Graver received a settlement from a divorce proceeding and was "taken in" by others who had him use the money to purchase cocaine for resale. He said his mental health condition contributed to the arrangement.
Graver also told Nanovic had he used cocaine "for a while" then stopped. He said he began using it again, but also has since stopped.
The jail term will be followed by a year probation. Nanovic also ordered Graver to get both a drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and given credit for 32 days spent in prison on the charge. Concerning the mental health evaluation, Graver is currently under a doctor's care for it and Nanovic said a report from the doctor would be sufficient.
The jail term begins at 7 p.m. on June 6.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas to drug counts included:
Daniel Edwin Haines II, 30, of Whitehall, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Oct. 5, 2009, along S. First St., in Lehighton.
Nanovic placed him on probation for four months and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, pay a fine of $500 and zero tolerance on D&A use. He was given two days credit for time spent in jail on the charge.
Katelynn Rose Bear, 22, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on Aug. 28, 2009, along SR443 in Mahoning Township by state police at Lehighton.
Nanovic placed her on probation for a year and ordered she get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use and pay a fine of $500. The sentence runs concurrent with a sentence she is currently serving on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.
Robert Holliday, 27, of Bowmanstown, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Dec. 14, 2010, along SR443 at SR209 in Franklin Township, by state police at Lehighton following a vehicle stop. He was a passenger in the vehicle and was found to have drug paraphernalia. Holliday is currently being held in the Lehigh County prison on unrelated charges. He is serving a prison term that runs out on June 29.
Nanovic sentenced him to serve three to six months in prison, and imposed zero tolerance on D&A use.
The sentence runs concurrent to the Lehigh term. When he is finished on June 29 in Lehigh he will be brought to Carbon to finish the sentence.
Zack Beddiges, 20, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. In a unrelated case, he entered a plea to one count of criminal conspiracy-to committ retail theft.
The drug counts stems from a Dec. 16, 2010, incident in the 200 block of Mauch Chunk St., in Mahoning Township, when agents from the AG office arrested him during an ongoing investigation.
The conspiracy charge stems from a Sept. 12 , 2010, incident at Redners Market in Nesquehoning when he was involved in a theft incident with Samantha Green.
On the possession count Nanovic placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and have no contact with Green.
On the conspiracy charge the same sentence and terms were imposed to run concurrently.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.