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Inmate in Pa. facility receives another term for selling cocaine



Published: Fri, February 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



MERCER, Pa. -- A Mercer County Common Pleas Court judge sentenced a man to 18 months to four years in prison for selling cocaine.

Walter Cannon, 45, currently incarcerated for other crimes in the State Correctional Institute in Houtzdale, was given the term by Judge Christopher St. John.

According to court documents, Cannon pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver, a felony, for selling cocaine Dec. 12, 2003, in Farrell. His term was ordered to be served consecutively to the one he is now serving.

Also sentenced Thursday were:

UChristopher Johnston, 45, of Second Avenue, Sharon, to 37 days to one year in jail for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. According to court documents, he was arrested in Sharon on July 23, 2004, with three pipes and other items used for smoking controlled substances.

UMichael Vanartsdalen, 22, of Larimer Road, Hadley, was sentenced to three days to one year in jail, followed by one year's probation for possessing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also ordered to serve an additional year's probation for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. All the charges are misdemeanors. According to court documents, he was apprehended Aug. 20, 2004, in East Lackawannock Township with heroin, a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia. The same day, he was operating a Chevy Silverado pickup without the owner's consent in Sandy Creek Township.




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