underground-steroidRyan Shooltz, a 25-year old ex-steroid dealer, was given a chance to resubmit letters of support for his cause. He is hoping that U.S District Judge Michael Ponsor would give him a lighter sentence in consideration of his changed lifestyle since an incident indicting him several years ago. In 2004, one of Shooltz’s friends died of methadone overdose in the defendant’s Amherst apartment. They had to call in police at that and the officers found several doses of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, vitamins and unknown pills in the scene of the crime. Since then, it was considered that Shooltz and his friends were planning to distribute the drugs illegally.

Shooltz pleaded guilty last October but is hoping that Ponsor would also look at the fact that he has reinvented himself since the incident. He has a lucrative job as a salesman, his own apartment and even a long-term girlfriend. At present, Ponsor is considering to give him a sentence of 6 months in community confinement and the judge also noted that Lesser has not submitted letters of support for Shooltz. Thomas Lesser of the defense said that he didn’t think it was needed. Even if Ponsor admitted to rarely giving second chances to gather support for defendants, he told defense to compile as much for Shooltz’s hearing so that he can review the files before the sentencing on late February.

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