Eighty Four mom gets 6 to 12 years in prison for role in pill ring, son serving 5 to 10
By Jason Cato
Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
A Washington County judge sentenced an Eighty Four woman to prison for her role in a prescription-pill peddling scheme that stretched across seven counties in Western Pennsylvania, District Attorney Gene Vittone said Friday.
Common Pleas Judge Gary Gilman sentenced Pamela Jean Cessna, 54, to six to 12 years in prison. Cessna pleaded guilty to counts of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, felony theft and possession of oxycodone.
She was one of 12 people arrested in May as being part of a Washington County-based pill ring that used fake prescriptions to procure more than 37,000 pills from Feb. 22, 2010, to Dec. 5, 2012.
The group included Cessna's son, Nicholas Cessna, who Common Pleas Judge Katherine Emery sentenced in January to five to 10 years in prison for his part in the crime that involved drug stores in Washington, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Somerset, Warren and Westmoreland counties.
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