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Set for trial, Carbon woman changes mind, enters plea

Published January 11. 2013 05:02PM

A Carbon County woman, scheduled to go on trial Thursday morning on two drug counts, changed her mind and entered guilty pleas to the charges.

Kristy Shupp, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty in courtroom one of the courthouse in Jim Thorpe to one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin, and criminal conspiracy-delivery of a controlled substance-heroin.

As Shupp entered the plea a jury panel waited on the third floor of the courthouse ready to hear the matter in courtroom two. The panel was selected on Monday.

The state Attorney General's office charged Shupp with her part in the sale of five baggies of heroin to a undercover agent. The sale occurred on Jan. 24 in the Palmerton area. After she made the sale police stopped the vehicle she was in along SR248. Seized in the stop was cash and cell phones police said were used in arranging the sale.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the plea but deferred sentencing to a later date. Under state sentencing guidelines Shupp faces a minimum prison term of anywhere between six and 14 months at the time of sentencing.

Not guilty

At a trial held on Tuesday a jury panel found James Dillman, 30, of Whitehall, and Ryan Keith Dillman, 25, of Palmerton, not guilty of criminal conspiracy-corruption of minors (two counts), and one count of corruption of a minor.

They were charged by Palmerton for allegedly supplying minors with synthetic marijuana on Sept. 1, 2011, in the 400 block of Lafayette Ave.

The one day trial was held before Matika.

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