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Heroin Dealer Who Assaulted Witness Sent to State Prison

February 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Thomas Gannon, 215.348.6461, tcgannon@buckscounty.org

A Quakertown heroin dealer who assaulted a prosecution witness in prison while awaiting trial was sentenced today to serve 4 ½ to 15 years in state prison.

Jayson Yantin, 36, had been playing cards inside a common area of the Bucks County Correctional Facility last summer when he encountered a police informant whose cooperation led to Yantin’s arrest in a drug-delivery case. After Yantin struck the witness several times in the face, police added assault and witness intimidation charges to the drug dealing and criminal trespass counts that Yantin already had been facing.

At today’s sentencing, Bucks County Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. ordered Yantin to serve 4 ½ to 15 years in state prison for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and 3.5 to 7 years for retaliation against a witness – the statutory maximum on the latter charge. Those sentences will run concurrently.

An admitted heroin addict, Yantin was ordered to undergo drug treatment in prison if it was deemed appropriate, and to have no further contact with the witness he assaulted. Bateman also sentenced Yantin to serve 10 years of probation for the criminal trespass conviction.

On Nov. 14, 2014, Yantin had sold nine bags of heroin for $125 to a confidential informant in Quakertown. The transaction was monitored by officers from the Quakertown Borough Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police.

As a result of that drug buy, Yantin was arrested in June on charges including manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance. He was released after posting bail.

On July 23, Quakertown police again arrested Yantin, this time on criminal trespass charges, after he and his pregnant girlfriend had climbed through a window into a vacant apartment where his parents formerly had lived. Yantin told police that he and his girlfriend were homeless, and that they had used heroin inside the apartment after entering it illegally.  

On July 26, while in the county prison awaiting a preliminary hearing, Yantin encountered the informant. In an assault captured on security video, Yantin accosted the witness and struck him in the face several times with his fist.

As a result of the attack, Yantin was charged with retaliation against a witness and simple assault. During the investigation, investigators discovered that Yantin has a large tattoo on his back reading: “Die Snitch Die.”

Deputy District Attorney Thomas Gannon, who prosecuted the case, played the video of the assault to Judge Bateman during the sentencing hearing, and submitted a color photo of the tattoo into evidence.

Approved for release by David W. Heckler, District Attorney.

 

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