Drug dealer sentenced to prison
A drug dealer was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court.
Scott Michael Kulp, 43, of Lehighton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance-oxycodone.
Kulp was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on March 24, 2011, after he sold oxycodone to a confidential informant. In exchange for his plea to the drug count, another count of deliver was dropped in a plea bargain.
Kulp's case has taken a long time to get to sentencing. There were at least 24 continuances granted in the case due to health problems Kulp has been experiencing. At the start of the sentencing proceeding Tuesday, defense Attorney Paul J. Levy asked for another continuance. He was joined by Attorney Gregory L. Mousseau, who represents Kulp in another matter. Both stated Kulp is continuing to battle health problems and faces possible surgery in the next month or two.
Nanovic, however, denied the request. He asked, "How long is this case going to go on?"
It was noted Kulp served a federal prison term in another drug case.
Kulp told Nanovic he has several health issues that now confine him to a wheelchair.
In addition to the jail term, Nanovic ordered Kulp to get both a drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, supply a DNA sample, pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole.
He will begin his jail term at 5 p.m. on Aug. 5. He was given credit for 125 days spent in an inpatient rehab program.
Before the sentencing proceeding, Kulp entered a guilty plea to a summary offense of criminal mischief for an incident at Mooney's Motel in Franklin Township. He was fined $300 and costs and ordered to make restitution of $150.