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Howard Wayne Bell

A Crossville man serving time in the state prison system pleaded guilty to an unrelated drug charge in Cumberland County Criminal Court Friday and received a six-year prison sentence to be served consecutive to his present sentence.

Howard Wayne Bell, 26, whose last known address was listed as Rock Quarry Rd., was facing charges of possession of oxycodone for resale and possession of oxycondone for delivery, enhanced by violation of the state's drug-free school zone act.

Those charges stem from a March 9 arrest by Sheriff's Deputies Sgt. Rick Lanzilotta, Cpl. Jason Elmore, Tom Howard, Sean Mullikin and Kevin Phillips who were assisting state authorities in an unrelated investigation.

In Febrary of 2008 Bell, charged with sale of a schedule II drug, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a five-year suspended sentence to be served on probation for nine years, was to pay court costs and a $2,000 fine. Other charges were dropped.

However, earlier this year after several arrests including two for probation violation, Bell was found guilty of violating terms of his probation and was ordered to serve his sentence.

Last week Bell also pleaded guilty to the charge of theft more than $1,000 and received a two-year sentence to be served the drug case. He is also to make restitution of $1,100 to the victim of the theft.

Friday's pleas will be served once the sentence handed down in 2008 is completed.

 

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