Man faces prison for giving pills to kids

July 13, 2009 4:29:58 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania man faces two to four years in state prison for handing out his prescription anti-anxiety pills to children in a school zone. Thirty-one-year-old Richard Hessler of Bethlehem acknowledged at his sentencing that he approached a group of students near Liberty High School on Feb. 9 and began handing out his medication. Court records say he told them the pills "make you feel really good."

Hessler pleaded guilty to a felony charge of delivering drugs in a school zone, and says he did wrong and should be punished. He has a history of mental illness, including institutionalization.

Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano says the plea deal Hessler agreed to cuts the prison time he might have faced nearly in half.


Information from: The Morning Call,

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