Shaffer Sentenced to State Prison for Drug Delivery Resulting in Death

mark-shafferCLEARFIELD, Pa. – A Reynoldsville man found guilty of drug delivery resulting in death will spend up to 20 years in state prison.

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After a trial in Clearfield County Court in January, Mark Darren Shaffer, 46, was convicted of drug delivery resulting in death, delivery of a controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a controlled substance.

The charges stem from an incident in July of 2014 when the victim, Ryan Rhone, received and used heroin from Shaffer while they were at the Curwensville Moose campgrounds. Within a few seconds after ingesting the drug the victim was unresponsive, according to testimony at the trial. For the full article on the trial, click here.

On Tuesday Shaffer was sentenced by President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to 114 months to 20 years in state prison. For sentencing purposes, all of the charges merged into the drug delivery resulting in death charge.

Prior to sentencing, Mary Rhone, the step-mother of the victim addressed the court, reading from a written statement.

She explained that when they received the phone call that her step-son was being taken to the hospital, she thought it was for a heart attack, she said. As they arrived at the emergency room, they could hear Ryan’s mother screaming “Ryan, wake up!”

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