WAYNESBURG – A Waynesburg man who hid hypodermic needles after his friend died of a drug overdose in his home pleaded guilty Thursday to tampering with or fabricating evidence.
Ronald Earl Taylor, 56, of 203 S. Morris St., was charged by Waynesburg police after they were called to his apartment April 7 to investigate a death.
Taylor later told police the man had come to his apartment that night after he left a bar. He gave the man a beer and then went to bed. Taylor said he awoke later to find the man lying on the bathroom floor.
He said he dragged the man into a spare bedroom, picked up five hypodermic needles lhat were on the on the bathroom floor and threw them in the garbage. He then took the garbage bag out to the trash can.
Taylor told police he threw the needles away because he didn’t want police to find them.
Taylor was sentenced by Greene County Judge William Nalitz to 30 days to 23 1/3 months in jail. Nalitz’s ordered Taylor to report to jail Jan. 17, noting if he completes a residential treatment program he is enrolled in, he will consider whether it is appropriate to set aside some or all of his minimum sentence.
The judge also ordered Taylor to perform 90 hours of community service and prohibited him from purchasing or possessing alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs or being in any location where such items are served or present.