Warren man sentenced to state prison for meth sale at city park

A Warren man was given a state prison sentence on Friday for selling methamphetamine at Point Park earlier this year.

Scott Edgar Golden, 20, of Pittsfield, was sentenced to up to five years for possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, both felonies.

The charges stem from a February incident in which he texted members of the Warren County Drug Task Force, making arrangements to sell an amount of methamphetamine in a city park, where he was later searched and found to be in possession of around a gram of the substance.

Public Defender John Paroccini asked the court for a sentence that would keep Golden local.

“I feel confident,” said Paroccini, “that some time in the Warren County Jail will send a message to Scott that he needs to get his life in order.”

Judge Skerda said that, in sentencing Golden, she took into account his prior record score of two, which included charges on Golden’s juvenile record.

“I, unfortunately, don’t believe that a county sentence is appropriate,” Skerda said before handing down her sentence.

Golden was sentenced to an aggregate term of 20 to 60 months in a state correctional facility with boot camp and recidivism risk reduction incentive eligibility. He was ordered to have his license revoked for six months, and to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with all recommendations resulting from it. He was ordered to submit a sample of his DNA to the Pennsylvania State Police repository and pay the $250 fee thereof. Golden was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,000, court costs, and fees of $675.