Altoona man pleads guilty to selling meth
Winters receives 10- to 20-year jail sentence
HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man arrested in 2017 and charged with trafficking methamphetamine has entered multiple guilty pleas in exchange for a 10- to 20-year jail sentence.
Trevor Allan Winters, 27, entered the pleas Tuesday instead of proceeding with a four-day jury trial that would have outlined several sales he made to an undercover police officer and why police, on June 7, 2017, found 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine at his residence on the 1200 block of Park Boulevard.
Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle imposed the recommended sentence to multiple counts of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility.
The judge also gave Winters 20 years to make restitution of $19,694 in drug buy money, lab fees and court costs.
Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks referred to Winters as a local supplier who was getting large quantities of methamphetamine and other controlled substances through the darknet of the internet and with the use of bitcoin currency.
The undercover officer made incremental meth purchases from Winters, starting $600 and later for several thousand dollars. The last proposed purchase was for 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine at $14,000. That’s what led police to Winters’ residence on June 7, 2017, where Winters was arrested and found with 2.2 pounds of the illegal substance.
Weeks said he was satisfied with the plea agreement and the prison sentence imposed.
Winter had no prior record and could be eligible for the state’s Risk Recidivism Reduction Initiative, Weeks said. If so, that will reduce Winter’s minimum sentence to between eight and nine years, with credit for time served since June 7, 2017.
“The plea gives us a certainty that he is going to serve time … that he will be appropriately punished,” Weeks said.
Defense attorney Douglas Keating said Winters decided to render the guilty pleas because of the recommended sentence, which was “reasonable.” Had Winters been tried and convicted of the multiple charges in eight cases, Keating said he could have sentenced to as much as 25 to 30 years.
Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.