June 5, 2017
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Melanie Powell also known as Melanie Castro, who appeared before the Honorable William J. McGovern III, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on June 2, 2017.
Powell, age 30 of Sheldrake, New York, was sentenced to 38 days in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility, with credit for 38 days time served, and three years of probation. She was ordered to submit to a TASC evaluation and follow any and all recommendations made from same, submit a DNA sample at her own expense, and pay fines and fees totaling $1,330.00. Her driver license was ordered suspended for six months.
She pled guilty on April 3, 2017, to Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a third degree crime, and Hindering Apprehension, a fourth degree crime.
In Lafayette Township in July 2015, the defendant possessed heroin and provided her maiden name to avoid arrest based on an arrest warrant in her married name.
Powell was represented by Bruce Farrier, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie LaCarrubba.