Ex-Pa. coach's 9-year parole violation term upheld

November 21, 2012 5:33:43 PM PST
A judge has refused to reconsider the nine-year minimum sentence imposed on a former eastern Pennsylvania wrestling coach in a drug-related parole violation.

However Northampton County Judge Leonard Zito on Wednesday reduced 32-year-old Brad Washburn's maximum term from 25 to 18 years.

Washburn had been released from Northampton County prison in December, but Lehigh County police said he was found sleeping in a parking lot in May with drugs.

Authorities earlier said the former Bangor Area High School coach smoked marijuana and drank with students, charges that stemmed from a probe into the 2009 drug overdose death of a fellow teacher at his apartment.

Defense attorney Glenn Goodge, who sought a 2½- to five-year sentence on Wednesday, said he would talk with his client about a possible appeal.