EBENSBURG - President Judge Timothy Creany ruled Tuesday that Elizabeth Lowmaster, wife of Carrolltown drug-
ring kingpin, George Lowmaster, will not spend any more time in jail.
Creany handed down a prison sentence of six to 23 months for a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver alprazolam, or Xanax, with credit for six months already served in Cambria County Prison.
Lowmaster received an additional 24 months' probation for two misdemeanor charges of possession of cocaine and psychedelic mushrooms.
Assistant Public Defender Patricia Moore said Lowmaster earned her sentence by "turning her life around" after the drug ring - which Cambria County Drug Task Force officials called the largest in county history - was broken up by federal, state and local investigators in May 2011.
"She obtained permanent employment," Moore said Tuesday after the sentencing. "She was drug tested today and was drug free. She also spent about 14 months on house arrest and, of course, was drug free during that time."
Moore said Lowmaster's personal achievements coupled with testimony from her mother, Theresa Decker, showed that Lowmaster had been working hard to be a good person and a good mother to her 3-year-old son.
Lowmaster was the only member of the drug ring to be charged at the state level, with each of the other 14 members already having been found guilty or pleaded guilty in federal court, including George, his mother and father.
Elizabeth Lowmaster was facing 11 drug-related charges for her part in the drug ring. She pleaded guilty in May to the felony charge and two misdemeanor drug possession charges.
A total of 25 suspected were indicted as part of the multimillion-dollar "Lowmaster Organization," which stretched out over two years and across 15 Pennsylvania counties and into Oregon, Ohio and California, as well as Canada.
Investigators said the drug ring took in close to $3 million from trafficking marijuana, cocaine and prescription pills.
Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said the commonwealth was satisfied with Lowmaster's sentence and noted that Lowmaster's cooperation in the prosecution of the other drug-ring members was part of the plea deal.
"She cooperated with the investigation and with the federal cases," Callihan said. "The sentence was adequate."
George Lowmaster is set to be sentenced Feb. 19 at the federal courthouse in Johnstown.
Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.