City man takes plea in overdose death

Culp recommended for intermediate punishment program for part in 2017 case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Another person has rendered guilty pleas to criminal charges filed in connection with the 2017 delivery of fentanyl-laced heroin that killed 29-year-old Gregory Lynam of Altoona.

Instead of picking a jury on Monday, Adam S. Culp, 34, Altoona, rendered guilty pleas in Blair County Court to criminal charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, drug delivery resulting in death, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy to possess, manufacture or deliver heroin.

In exchange for the pleas, prosecutors are recommending Culp’s entry into the state intermediate punishment program, a two-year program that includes at least seven months’ incarceration, followed by community-based residential treatment and outpatient treatment.

Culp’s sentence, expected to be imposed Friday, also calls for five years’ probation to begin after Culp finishes the state’s intermediate punishment program.

Judge Daniel Milliron, who accepted Culp’s plea, agreed to delay sentencing as District Attor­ney Richard Consiglio requested so Lynam’s family could attend.

Lynam’s family members were at the September sentencing for Culp’s co-defendant, Alexsi S. Lopez, who rendered guilty pleas to drug-trafficking charges and was sen­tenced to 12- to 30-years’ incarceration.

Based on arrest documents, Lopez was identified as the person who sold the fentanyl-laced heroin to Christopher Tremmel of Ty­rone, who in turn sold it to Culp and who in turn sold it to Lynam.

Lynam was found dead on March 28, 2017, in a second-floor bathroom of a residence on the 800 block of Broadway in Juniata with a needle sticking out of his left arm.

Empty purple heroin pack­ets were on the floor beside his body.

Police indicated that Culp initially told them that he only sold marijuana to Lynam. But after being shown text messages on Lynam’s phone, Culp reportedly told police that he got the purple heroin packets from Tremmel. Police said that Tremmel admitted to selling heroin to Culp. Tremmel also allegedly admitted to selling heroin for Lopez since 2013.

In addition to drug-trafficking charges in connection with Lynam’s death, Tremmel also faces misdemeanor charges of destroying evidence and obstruction of law enforcement that police filed after the May 31, 2017, drug overdose death of 31-year-old Joshua Blowers of Tyrone.

In July 2018, state police charged Tremmel with heroin delivery and possession for sales in late 2016 and early 2017 to confidential informants.

Online court records show Tremmel’s pending criminal cases scheduled for review in August.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.

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