By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
If convicted, the sentence for Robert M. Spruill, 39, of 913 Spearman Ave., would be totally up to the discretion of the sentencing judge. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Pittsburgh, said federal law does not set maximum penalties for the crime.
Spruill pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Nov. 26 and had been released on bond.
He was indicted Nov. 6., but the case was sealed until his arraignment.
Spruill pleaded guilty to drug and gun trafficking charges for selling crack cocaine for $300 and a 9 mm handgun for $550 to an informant April 10, 2007, in Hermitage. He was sentenced to 4 years, 9 months in prison on June 6, 2008.
Spruill was released in the summer of 2012 to a Pittsburgh halfway house, but the stay did not go well.
On Nov. 13, 2012, the U.S. Probation Office asked that Spruill’s probation be revoked. Spruill submitted a urine sample that tested positive for marijuana on Aug. 13, 2012, the probation office said.
Spruill also was unsuccessfully discharged from the halfway house on Oct. 2, 2012, for, among other things, returning home late three times, disrespecting staff and twice failing to attend drug and alcohol therapy, the probation office said.
Spruill was sentenced Dec. 14 to 6 months in prison followed by 2 years’ supervised release for violating his supervised release. He was allowed to self-report Jan. 3 of this year, to serve the prison term, but didn’t show up.
An arrest warrant was issued and he was arrested Jan. 10 by U.S. marshals in the attic of a home in the 400 block of New Castle Avenue, Sharon.
He was released June 28 after serving the prison term for his probation violation.