SOMERSET -- Greg Dillman, a 40-year-old Burnside resident, was sentenced to
12 years in prison by Pulaski Circuit Judge David Tapp following a lengthy sentencing hearing in Pulaski Circuit Court on February 16, according to Eddy F. Montgomery, Commonwealth¹s Attorney for Pulaski County.
A Pulaski Jury convicted Dillman in January on two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, according to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton. At the trial, a detective with Operation UNITE testified that Dillman twice sold narcotics to an undercover witness.
Dillman¹s defense at trial was that he was entrapped into selling those drugs. The jury rejected that defense and convicted Dillman of both counts in less than 1 hour and recommended a sentence of 12 years imprisonment.
At Friday¹s hearing, Dillman argued that his sentence should be probated. He argued that he had not gotten into trouble in the past year and that he would be a good candidate for probation. Dillman argued that the case should have been brought sooner and that he was being treated unfairly by being sent to prison at this point.
Dalton objected to probation. He reminded the court that Dillman had never accepted any responsibility for his actions and that he was now, essentially, blaming the Commonwealth for his troubles.
Dalton stated that Dillman¹s argument at sentencing was much the same as his defense at trial, in that someone else was to blame for his predicament.
Dalton argued that Dillman¹s excuse ³had been weighed, had been measured, and been found wanting.² He stated that the jury had rejected this argument and the judge should do the same.
Judge Tapp stated that Dillman still did not understand how serious his conduct was. Tapp indicated that Dillman needed to go to prison to understand how dangerous and destructive the sale of narcotics were. Tapp ordered that probation would unduly depreciate the seriousness of the offense and rejected the request for probation.
Dillman then requested that Judge Tapp disregard the jury¹s recommendation regarding the sentences and sentence him to seven years instead of 12.
Dalton again objected, noting that Dillman faced two counts because he sold different drugs on different occasions.
Judge Tapp then imposed the entire 12-year sentence, stating that he would respect the findings of the jury.
Dillman was given over to the Department of Corrections to being service of his sentence.