Former county prosecutor Steve Sloane on probation

Former Centre County prosecutor Steve Sloane avoided jail time and will serve seven years of probation for selling marijuana while he was working as a defense lawyer.

The sentence handed down Friday was part of a plea agreement Sloane, 59, of Duncansville, reached with the Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case. In addition, Sloane will be disbarred and forbidden from practicing law.

Sloane was charged in October and accused of receiving prescription drugs and marijuana through the mail from a friend in California. Authorities said Sloane sold some of the pot while he worked at the law firm Masorti & Sullivan, which is now Masorti & Donaldson.

In court Friday, Sloane, in an untucked casual button-down shirt, khakis and sneakers, apologized for what he did.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” Sloane told Jonathan Grine. “I should have known better.”

Sloane pleaded guilty to five felony counts in July.

Sloane’s lawyer, Public Defender Deborah Lux, asked the judge to waive all fines, saying the former prosecutor’s income is limited. Grine imposed a $100 fine.

Sloane was a Centre County prosecutor until January 2010, when then-newly elected District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller took office and made staff changes that included letting Sloane go. Sloane’s tenure included working for Ray Gricar, the district attorney who went missing in 2005 and was declared legally dead in 2011.

Sloane had worked at Masorti & Sullivan for four months in 2011, but he was terminated when the firm learned of the criminal investigation.