AUGUSTA — Two local men were sentenced on drug charges during separate hearings Tuesday at the Capital Judicial Center.

Daniel D. Ackerley, 30, of Winthrop, pleaded guilty to unlawful trafficking in heroin that occurred June 30, 2016, in Winthrop, and was sentenced to an initial nine months and one day in jail. The remainder of the four-year sentence was suspended and Ackerley was placed on two years’ probation. He was fined $400.

A second charge of unlawful trafficking in heroin, dated July 7, 2016, also in Winthrop, was dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea.

Ackerley had been arrested in July after an investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Michael S. Gibson 35, of Oakland, pleaded guilty to unlawful trafficking in cocaine base that occurred Oct. 29, 2015, in Oakland. He too was sentenced to an initial nine months and one day in jail. The remainder of the four-year sentenced was suspended and Gibson was placed on two years’ probation. He was fined $400.

A charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs from same day and place was dismissed in exchange for the plea.

Also on Tuesday in the same courthouse, Christopher T. LaPlante, 26, of Machias and formerly of Manchester, was sentenced to 12 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by deception that occurred July 11, 2016, in Waterville. He was also ordered to pay $424.20 restitution

LaPlante received a concurrent seven-day sentence for driving to endanger and leaving the scene of an accident involving an attended vehicle (failing to stop, remain, provide information) that occurred July 14, 2016, in Augusta. A charge of operating while license suspended or revoked from the same date and place was dismissed in exchange for the plea.

The judge also ordered LaPlante to serve 18 months of a previously suspended sentence for a conviction for burglary in 2013.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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