Scott: Bath salts addiction led to crime

MIFFLINTOWN – A Port Royal man involved in a brutal assault and robbery on Oct. 14, 2011, at the Swarey Saw Shop on Billyville Road was sentenced on Friday in the Juniata County Court of Common Pleas.

Tracey A. Scott, 45, previously pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge and on Friday he was sentenced to serve four to 11 years in a state correctional facility. In addition, Scott had a slew of bad check charges in several unrelated cases for which he must pay restitution in the amount of $7,071.51.

Judge Kenneth A. Mummah said he appreciated Scott’s honesty when he pleaded guilty in May and admitted that an addiction to bath salts was behind his crime spree.

“I don’t understand how you spiraled out of control,” Mummah said.

“Substance abuse led you on this path which unfortunately has led you to a state prison sentence,” he added.

Police said they responded to Joseph E. Swarey’s business for a reported attack on the above date.

Swarey told police that shortly after opening his shop for the day a white male, 6 feet tall with gray facial hair entered the store and inquired about a bar for a chainsaw.

Swarey told police that while looking for the part he was attacked by the customer with an ax handle and was struck in the head, face and back. Eventually Swarey was able to get away from the attacker and seek help from a neighbor, court documents indicate.

Swarey believed the attacker was after his cash, which he keeps on him, police said.

Swarey was transported to Lancaster General Hospital where he was treated for a head laceration, a facial fracture and multiple other wounds, police said.

According to court documents, Swarey provided a description of the suspect’s vehicle, which later lead to Scott’s arrest.

A photo lineup was presented to Swarey, who identified Scott, police said.