Man faces up to 80 years for selling narcotics
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Callaway man faces up to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to two counts of illegally distributing prescription drugs.
Jason Hall, 33, illegally sold hydromorphone, a narcotic pain medication, on Oct. 13, 2013, and Nov. 1, 2013, according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.
The drug buys were arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Allen said. Both controlled drug purchases were made at Hall's residence.
Each charge carries a sentence of five to 40 years in prison.
A sentencing hearing for Hall is set for Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. in circuit court.
Hurt: House takes action to fix problems with VA
Last month, an audit of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities found that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for their first appointment, according to Congressman Robert Hurt.
The House of Representatives has taken swift action to address the root of the ongoing problems within the VA system of care by initiating congressional oversight hearings to delve into the issues and move legislative solutions forward, Hurt said.
To address these problems, the House passed H.R. 4810, the Veteran Access to Care Act, with a unanimous, bipartisan 426-0 vote. This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to contract with private health care providers to allow veterans who have experienced excessively long wait times or live over 40 miles from a VA medical facility to see physicians outside the VA system.