Bellefonte man sentenced to state prison for heroin delivery

A Bellefonte man charged with delivering drugs will face state time after entering a guilty plea Tuesday.

Rodney E. Samuels, 32, was charged with multiple felony counts in August alleging the distribution of heroin in State College. Officers had received a tip that Samuels was selling the drug and reported following him into College Township to make the transaction.

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He was stopped shortly afterward where he admitted to driving with a suspended license, police said. More than 90 bags of suspected heroin were taken in the stop, as well as a bag of suspected amphetamine.

On Tuesday, Samuels entered a guilty plea before Centre County Judge Katherine Oliver to felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance, and a summary charge of driving with a suspended license.

He was sentenced by Oliver to 18 to 36 months in a state prison followed by two years of probation with credit for 118 days served. He must also pay the costs of prosecution and $700 in fines.

Man sentenced for role in robbery incident

In a separate sentencing Tuesday, a Clearfield County man charged with robbery in Centre County was sentenced to time served followed by probation for his role in a June incident.

Shane M. Lowe, 25, of Madera, was charged with a felony count of robbery and a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property after a reported robbery in Rush Township. At the time, a woman claimed to have been pepper sprayed by an unknown male while she was in her vehicle with Lowe.

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At the sentencing, Lowe’s attorney, Casey McClain, stated that there was strong evidence that the victim involved in the crime was a drug dealer. His client was helpful in the investigation by providing information to the police.

Counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and theft by unlawful taking were dismissed, according to the court.

Lowe was sentenced by Oliver to time served to 23-and-a-half months county jail time. He received credit for 187 days served. A period of 24 months of probation concurrent to the jail time was added.

He was additionally sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution and a $100 fine.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews