North Braddock man sentenced in heroin case

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A North Braddock man with a long criminal history was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for dealing heroin.

Monty L. Grinage, 34, recently completed a 10-year federal sentence for dealing crack cocaine. Now he faces both a new sentence for heroin, and potentially an additional penalty for violating probation.

Before his cocaine sentence began, he had numerous state court convictions for drugs, disorderly conduct and fraud.

"He's spent a lot of his adult life in jail," his attorney, Ronald Hayward, said. He said his client is "determined to get out of this lifestyle."

"Frankly, the defendant has led a criminal lifestyle for his entire adult life," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Conway. "The risk of recidivism here couldn't be more stark."

Mr. Conway said he was surprised that federal sentencing guidelines put the suggested prison term at just 21 to 27 months. U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon set the sentence in the middle of that range.

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