Galeton Man Sentenced in Heroin Overdose Case

GALETON – A Galeton man who was arrested in January of this year after overdosing on heroin has been sentenced in Potter County court.

Matthew S. Osgood, age 37, was charged by State Police after they responded to a Galeton home for a reported drug overdose and found 3 syringes and 10 packets of heroin marked “No Boundary, No Limit”, as well as other miscellaneous paraphernalia, including two empty heroin packets.

Trooper Erik J. Barlett of the Coudersport State Police barracks was the first officer to respond to the scene at the time of the reported overdose. In an Affidavit of Probable Cause Barlett stated that after arriving at the scene he found Osgood “lying face up in the bathroom of the residence, unresponsive and having trouble breathing.” Barlett said he was able to sit Osgood up and clear his airway before he was stabilized and transported to Charles Cole Hospital.

A subsequent search of the home, authorized by the renter, turned up the heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Osgood pleaded guilty in October to possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

He was sentenced to a total of 4 days to 12 months in jail, 13 months of probation, ordered to pay a total of $1,086 in court costs and fines, and required to perform 25 hours of community service. Osgood was also ordered to attend AA and/or NA meetings and participate in the Potter County DUI Victim Impact Panel Presentation.

Osgood was represented by Joseph Martin Marasco, Esq., of Bradford. The case was heard by Judge Stephen Minor and prosecuted by Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson.

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