Tamaqua woman sentenced to prison for drug incident
Nicole D. Ferryman, 42, of 121 Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua, who was found guilty by a jury Sept. 7 of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance in Tamaqua Borough, was sentenced Friday by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County Court to serve 30 days to 23 months in the county Prison.
Ferryman is eligible to be included in the work release program as she has a job a a telecommunicator. She will report to the prison at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 to begin her sentence.
Ferryman asked to be placed on probation or house arrest. The Commonwealth originally asked for a sentence of three to 23 months, but Christopher Riedlinger, public defender who represented Ferryman, pointed out that the standard range under the state's sentencing code called for a 30-day sentence because only a small amount of marijuana which was involved in the transaction.
At the trial, testimony revealed that Ferryman drove the vehicle, and that a companion in her vehicle made the sale near the Lehigh Community College in Tamaqua.
Ferryman nervously read a statement expressing her deep sorrow for her action, promising the judge he would never see her in court again and stating that she's taking steps to improve her lifestyle.
As to why he didn't entertain a probation or house arrest sentence, Judge Miller explained the court does not condone such actions for selling drugs, and that people deserve to be punished for their actions.
Ferryman also must pay a fine of $100 and all costs of prosecution, pay $300 to the Substance Abuse Education Account, $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, a $50 monthly fee for each month on probation and make restitution of $113 to the Bethlehem Regional Lab.
Ferryman was cited by Patrolman Anthony Stanell, Tamaqua Police.