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Drug suspect enters guilty pleas

Elo-Dockery receives 5-10 years in prison, 5 years’ probation

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man with ties to a drug-selling organization operating in Blair County in 2018 and 2019 has rendered guilty pleas in exchange for a sentence of five to 10 years’ incarceration, followed by five years’ probation.

Instead of selecting a jury for trial, Jimmere Elo-Dockery, 24, rendered pleas in county court to dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, escape, possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and resisting arrest.

Elo-Dockery’s charges developed from a June 28, 2019, traffic stop on the

700 block of Chestnut Avenue, where he ran from Altoona police. When caught, police found Elo-Dockery with $1,840 in cash. A subsequent search of his motel room turned up 14 ounces of fentanyl, 4 ounces of methamphetamine and $9,920 in cash.

In presenting his pleas, Elo-Dockery told President Judge Elizabeth Doyle that he had made “poor decisions,” including ones based on feeling like he had no choice.

In a grand jury presentment filed in February 2020, Elo-Dockery’s arrest was referenced, during a monitored telephone conversation, by Khalil Graham of Altoona, one of the main suspects in an organized effort to bring crystal methamphetamine and other drugs from Philadelphia for sale in Blair County. Criminal charges against Graham and others in the organization are pending in county court.

Elo-Dockery also told Doyle on Monday that he “sat in jail for a year” after his arrest. After being released on bail about a year ago, he said he got a job and started compiling community service hours.

Defense attorney Thomas M. Dickey also referenced Elo-Dockery’s community service record when asking if his client could delay reporting to prison for about a month.

Elo-Dockery said his request reflected his desire to earn some more

money and address

family obligations.

District Attorney Pete Weeks told Doyle that the requested delay presents risks. Doyle acknowledged that as she reminded Elo-Dockery that “doing something foolish” could lead to more incarceration.

“Stay out of trouble,” the judge told him after setting his reporting date as July 16.

Weeks also advised the judge that because of changes in the law, Elo-Dockery will be eligible for a reduction in his minimum sentence, through the state’s Recidivism Risk Reduction Initiative. Before the law changed, Elo-Dockery would have been ineligible because of the quantity of drugs in his possession, Weeks said.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay

Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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