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Halfway house drug dealer’s sentence still up to 74 years

December 7, 2016 GMT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man once facing 216 years in prison for running a crack cocaine and heroin ring from a halfway house where he was serving a drug sentence has had his sentence reduced to 37 to 74 years.

The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/2gkt3O0 ) reports 44-year-old Gene “Shorty” Carter was resentenced Tuesday by a Blair County judge after his initial sentence was found to be excessive on appeal.

Defense attorney Andrew Carson told Common Pleas Judge Daniel Milliron that the new sentence was “still too long.” But Milliron says it reflects Carter’s position at the top of the drug conspiracy, while allowing that Carter has “some potential” for rehabilitation.

The original sentence of 104½ to 216 years in prison was imposed by another Blair County judge in 2012.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

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