Perry man pleads to 10 years in drug dealing case
by Cris Ritchie Editor
HAZARD A Perry County man arrested during an Operation UNITE roundup in 2010 could serve 10 years in prison for illegally selling prescription drugs.
Lonnie Standafer, 56, of Scuddy, was one of 14 people arrested during the roundup in November. A superseding indictment returned on November 19 charged Standafer with three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second offense, a Class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and one count of third-degree trafficking second offense, a Class D felony which calls for up to five years in prison.
While in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday, Standafer admitted to selling oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam to a cooperating witness on several occasions in June 2010. He most likely wont be serving the maximum sentence, though, as a deal announced this week saw him plead guilty to amended counts of each charge, reducing each Class B felony to Class C felonies, which call for up to 10 years in prison each, and the Class D felony to a Class A misdemeanor.
According to the plea agreement, Standafer will be sentenced to 10 years for each amended first-degree trafficking charge. The sentences for each charge will run concurrently, or at the same time, for a total of 10 years to serve.
Circuit Judge Bill Engle postponed sentencing to allow the probation office time to issue a pre-sentence investigation report. Standafer will be back in court for his sentencing hearing on April 21.
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