EBENSBURG – Gerrilynn Graves, 56, said she had cleaned up the drug problem that got her arrested several times between 1994 and 2006.
But when her daughter, Lacey Beltz, 27, moved into Graves’ Oakhurst Homes apartment, she brought drugs with her, and Graves started using.
Now both are headed to state prison.
The two were among those in Cambria County court recently for pleas and sentencing.
“What happened?” President Judge Timothy Creany asked Graves after pointing out the previous eight years with no arrests.
“The drugs were there,” Graves answered. “I got addicted again.”
When Cambria County District Attorney Drug Task Force agents raided the Building 49 apartment July 31 with warrants for Graves and Beltz, they found Graves with the remains of several stamp bags of heroin in plain view.
She gave permission to search the apartment, and agents found Beltz and her boyfriend Justin Love, 32, in their bedroom. Seven “bricks” of heroin, containing about 350 individual packets, were under the mattress.
Beltz last week pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver heroin, a felony, and possession, a misdemeanor.
Sentencing guidelines call for a state prison sentence, and Assistant District Attorney Jessica Faye Aurandt requested a maximum sentence.
Creany ordered Beltz be taken to State Correctional Institution-Muncy to find out if she is eligible for an intermediate punishment program there called Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive.
Graves still faces charges related to the July raid, but was sentenced last week to two to four years in state prison, with an additional year of probation.
Those cases stem from drug sales witnessed by police during undercover work in April and in July prior to the raid.
Love also faces trial on charges from the July 31 raid.
Child endangerment case
In other cases, Jon Jon Reitz, 44, of Westmont, was sentenced to six to 12 months in Cambria County Prison, with another three years probation, after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment, simple assault and defiant trespass in two cases related to Reitz’s actions against neighbors in his Juniper Street neighborhood. Reitz also was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and drug and alcohol treatment.
West Hills Regional police charged Reitz after a witnesses said he approached a group of youngsters playing street hockey on March 31 and grabbed a boy younger than 13. Witnesses told police Reitz threw the child to the pavement.
The boy’s mother later told police he was evaluated at Memorial Medical Center and a CT scan showed “reoccurrence of a concussion,” court documents say. The boy was referred to a specialist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, court records said.
After a sentencing hearing last week, Reitz’s mother, Brenda Reitz, said her son may appeal the sentence.
“He only pushed the kid, and no one was injured,” she told The Tribune-Democrat.
Reitz also faces parole violation charges related to a 2012 Lehigh County case in which he pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats.
Others in court last week included:
• Stephen Wayne Waugh Jr., 28, of Northern Cambria, who was sentenced to from five to 23 months in county jail after pleading guilty to corruption of minors. Waugh was ordered to undergo evaluation through a program for sexual offenders.
He received an additional year of probation for an unrelated theft charge.
Waugh was accused of putting obscene photos of himself on an 11-year-old girl’s computer in April.
During the sentencing hearing, defense attorney Mary Schaffer of the public defender’s office said Waugh intended to share the photo with an adult.
• Meagan Rose McKenzie, 20, of Johnstown, was sentenced to four to 23 months in county jail and another year of probation. She was charged in a West End home invasion robbery in February. McKenzie pleaded guilty to felony criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Creany ordered McKenzie to undergo drug and alcohol assessment and treatment. She is eligible for the Day Reporting Center program.