AUGUSTA — A city man who pleaded guilty on Wednesday to unlawful trafficking in heroin and unlawful possession of heroin will start a six-month jail term at the end of March so he can participate in a special program at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility.

Corey Adam Vannah, 25, was sentenced to four years in jail with all but six months suspended — to be served in the Criminogenic Addiction and Recovery Academy — and two years’ probation. He also was ordered to pay $800 in fines.

Justice Robert Mullen said he would impose the sentence jointly recommended by the prosecutor and the defense attorney, but told Vannah that if he sold heroin again, he would face a much longer term. Mullen said he understood that Vannah’s motivation for selling heroin was to support his own addiction.

Mullen said heroin has become “a scourge” in the state. “I don’t know how we combat it other than to come down hard on the people who are spreading it,” he said.

Assistant Attorney General Katie Sibley said Vannah sold heroin on Feb. 26, 2014, to a confidential informant working with police and that the transaction was recorded. In the second charge from Aug. 23, 2014, Assistant District Attorney Kate Marshall said Vannah had heroin and drug paraphernalia on him when he was stopped in Augusta on Aug. 23, 2014.

Vannah was represented by attorney Andrew Dawson.

Also sentenced Wednesday in separate hearings in Kennebec Superior and Augusta District courts at the Capital Judicial Center:

• Michael Begin, 39, of Effingham, N.H., burglary of a motor vehicle Nov. 11, 2014, in Augusta, 180-day jail sentence, all but two days suspended, one year administrative release.

• Jesse B. Cyr, 45, of Carmel, violating condition of release Dec. 20, 2014, in West Gardiner; 10-day jail sentence.

• Zachary S. Edwards, 20, of Winthrop, criminal mischief and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Jan. 5, 2015, in Monmouth; 180-day jail sentence, all suspended, one year probation; $503.11 restitution.

• Kyle M. Foyt Bridges, 22, of Monmouth; refusing to submit to arrest or detention, physical force June 6, 2014, in Monmouth $250; fine.

• Rodney Allen Garland, 37, of Randolph, receiving stolen property Oct. 20, 2014, in Harpswell, operating after habitual offender Oct. 21, 2014, in Gardiner; seven-month jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, one year probation, $500 fine, $684.99 restitution.

• Jeffrey L. Hinds, 52, of Wayne, operating under the influence June 14, 2014, and violating condition of release Jan. 14, 2015, both in Wayne; 48-hour jail sentence, $500 fine, 150-day license suspension.

• Timothy R. Overlock, 41, of Vassalboro, operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident involving an unattended motor vehicle Nov. 27, 2014, in Augusta; $700 fine, seven-day jail sentence, thee-year license and registration suspension.

• Jeffrey Paquette, 32, of Winslow, domestic violence terrorizing Dec. 17, 2014, in Waterville; 180-day sentence, all but two days suspended, two years’ probation.

• Jon Ross Twadelle, 29, of Pittston, violating condition of release Dec. 11, 2014, in Gardiner; 21-day jail sentence, credit for full time served, $300 fine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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