Twin coke deal in midcoast area nets Brewer man 10 months in prison

Posted April 24, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 24-year-old Brewer man will be spending several more months in jail after being sentenced Wednesday for two cocaine offenses and for running over the foot of someone with a car.

Isiah Roscoe was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to four years in prison with all but eight months suspended for two counts of trafficking in cocaine. Roscoe also was given an additional two months for a reckless conduct conviction that occurred while he was on bail awaiting trial for the cocaine charges.

Roscoe was convicted in January of the drug offenses.The defense had argued before Hjelm that the state entrapped Roscoe by having a confidential informant that Roscoe liked contact him and ask if he could get her cocaine.

Roscoe has been held in jail since his conviction.

Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue asked the judge to sentence Roscoe to five years with all but two years suspended. She said cocaine was a serious drug in the area. She said the amount of drug sold on the two occasions in October and November 2009 totaled 4.2 grams.

She said one of the more aggravating factors in this case was when Roscoe posted on Facebook the day before the trial began in January, asking his friends to turn out in court to see the “rat” who was going to testify against him.

Bogue also pointed out that while he was out on bail he drove a car over someone’s foot following an altercation.

He pleaded no contest Wednesday to the reckless conduct charge.

Roscoe’s case is the final one to be heard that involved former drug enforcement agent Lt. Kirk Guerrette of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Defense attorneys had tried to attack Guerrette’s credibility in 44 cases after they learned in 2010 that the former agent’s name had come up as part of a larger statewide probe by the attorney general’s Healthcare Crimes Unit. The director of that department acknowledged last year that the investigation ended in May without anyone being charged.

Defense attorney Thomas Shehan said Roscoe’s only motivation in this case was trying to impress a girl. He said there was no serious evidence that Roscoe was in the drug business.

Shehan also argued that Roscoe was immature and didn’t realize the seriousness of his actions.

Defense attorney Dale Lavi said the incident with the car occurred when Roscoe tried to get away from a man who was coming after him and that the victim jumped in front of the car.

Roscoe spoke and apologized for taking up the court’s time with the case. He said he wanted to earn his high school diploma and then take courses to become an auto mechanic.

Justice Hjelm said cocaine trafficking is a tremendously destructive type of crime. He also cited the Facebook posting as an aggravating factor.

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