The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 6, 2013

Drug trafficker paroled, sentenced to time served

Kathy Mellott

EBENSBURG — A Bridgeport, Conn., man, described as setting up deals for heroin sales in Cambria County was given credit for time served and placed on automatic parole.

Shannon Young, 28, who gave the court an address in the 600 block of Coleman Avenue, Johnstown, was given a break after Judge Norman Krumenacker learned he was not responsible for bringing heroin into the area.

But the sentence may have been based more on Young’s words to the judge than the role he played in illegal drug trafficking.

His desire is for a second chance to improve his situation, he said.

Young, who was waiting his turn in the courtroom earlier in the day and witnessed the victim statements and sentencings of Anthony Harvey and Marquis Neal for the 2011 murder of

J-Quan Lewis, used what he heard to argue for a second chance.

During the Harvey and Neal sentencings, the two were portrayed as coming to Johnstown with no jobs and no other purpose than to be involved in drugs.

“Well at least someone listened,” Krumenacker said to Young. “I do think you are worthy of a second chance.”

Young and co-defendant Justin Turner were arrested in December after drug task force officers conducted a controlled buy of heroin. They seized 50 bags of the drug with a $1,000 street value.

Young and Turner were arrested on drug felony charges including delivery of heroin and criminal conspiracy.

The case of Turner, 23, of Newport News, Va., who gave an address in the Oakhurst Homes housing project, is still pending, said Assistant Public Defender Patricia Moore.

In Young’s case, Moore said, he has served two months in jail and has diligently looked for work. With two years of college, he is involved in resume building and job-search skills.

“He was the intermediary who brought them together,” she said of his drug charges. “He was not the source of the heroin.”

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