City man awaiting trial pleads guilty to charges

Oswalt to serve 11.5 to 30 years on drug charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man who has been waiting trial on heroin trafficking charges will spend 11.5 to 30 years in jail based on a negotiated plea.

David Curtis Oswalt Jr., 43, rendered guilty pleas Monday in Blair County Court to several counts of criminal conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver filed against him, mostly in late 2016 and early 2017. Oswalt also faced charges in connection with a heroin sale on Sept. 7, 2015.

Judge Wade Kagarise accepted the guilty pleas and imposed the recommended sentence while additional charges were dismissed.

Had Oswalt gone to trial and been convicted, he would have been facing a longer sentence, defense attorney Robert Donaldson said.

Oswalt has been in the Blair County Prison since his arrest on Feb. 18, 2017, during a traffic stop at McMahon Road and Jaggard Street. Altoona police, based on that stop, charged Oswalt and his passenger, Renee D. Caldwell of Altoona, after a search of the vehicle turned up 750 blue wax packets of heroin and a dollar bill which tested positive for cocaine. Caldwell was subsequently directed into the county’s drug court program.

Altoona police also charged Oswalt in connection with a Nov. 19, 2016, search of a property on the 200 block of Mulberry Street, Hollidaysburg, where officers found almost 1,500 packets of heroin and $2,000 inside a pair of safes. At the time of the search, Oswalt was reported to be staying at the residence.

Police also accused Oswalt of selling heroin on Nov. 29, 2016, on the 400 block of East Walnut Avenue; on Jan. 24, 2016, on East Plank Road; on Feb. 1, 2016, on the 900 block of 31st Street; on Feb. 6, 2016, on the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue; and on Feb. 10, 2016, on the 300 block of Fourth Avenue, all in Altoona.

Oswalt, who will be transferred to a state prison, will be credited for time served in Blair County Prison.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.