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January 14, 2014

Drug kingpin’s wife sentenced

EBENSBURG — A northern Cambria County woman married to the admitted kingpin of a multimillion-dollar drug ring told a judge Tuesday she is drug free and has turned her life around.

Elizabeth Lowmaster, 25, appeared in the courtroom of Judge Timothy Creany looking remarkably different than she did in photos taken at the time of her 2011 arrest.

Lowmaster was the wife of George Lowmaster, who along with his parents, Gerald “Jerry” Lowmaster and Marguerite “Dolly” Lowmaster, all of Carrolltown, were prosecuted by federal authorities for operating one of the largest drug rings ever broken in Cambria County.

Elizabeth Lowmaster was the only family member to be prosecuted at the county level and had reportedly been prepared to testify against the others should the cases proceeded to trial.

Her husband and in-laws pleaded guilty to a variety of charges late last year before U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson in Johnstown and are awaiting sentencing.

Following a number of continuances, federal officials gave the go-ahead and Elizabeth Lowmaster was sentenced to six months to four years in prison.

She already has served six months following her 2011 arrest and Creany gave her credit for time served and granted automatic parole, allowing her to return to her  job and 3-year-old son.

She agreed to relinquish any claim on $390 confiscated from her at the time of the raid on the family’s Carrolltown area compound and a firearm linked to her.

Creany was struck by the physical difference in her appearance since the time of her arrest.

“You look better now. You look healthier and happier,” he said.

Patricia Moore of the Cambria County public defender’s office said Lowmaster is employed full time as a hairdresser in Indiana, a post she’s held since March.

The defendant’s mother, Theresa Deckard, who accompanied her to court, responded to a number of questions by Creany.

“I think she’s been doing very good. She’s a responsible parent. She works every day. She takes good care of her finances,” Deckard testified. “She takes very good care of my grandson.”

A requirement of the 4-year probation is that she remain alcohol- and drug-free.

The defendant entered a guilty plea to four drug-related charges on May 16.

Kathy Mellott covers the Cambria County Courthouse for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at kathymellotttd.

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