Drugs and guns send man to prison

West Vin­cent res­i­dent pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pro­hib­ited of­fen­sive weapons

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter

WEST CHESTER >> A West Vin­cent man who caused a scare ear­lier this year when po­lice found a large num­ber of guns, ma­te­ri­als for bombs, and drugs at his town­ship home was sen­tenced to prison on drug and weapons charges Tues­day.

Wil­liam Alexan­der But­ler, 23, of Fel­low­ship Road, pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pro­hib­ited of­fen­sive weapons be­fore Common Pleas Court Judge Phyl­lis Stre­i­tel, and was sen­tenced to five to 23 months in Chester County Prison as part of an agree­ment between the pros­e­cu­tion and his at­tor­neys.

But­ler, who re­port­edly suf­fers from a va­ri­ety of men­tal health is­sues, was led from the court­room in hand­cuffs to be­gin serv­ing his sen­tence, as fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing his mother, looked on.

In ad­di­tion to the time he spends in prison, But­ler will also be on pro­ba­tion for three years. He was rep­re­sented by at­tor­neys Robert Dona­toni and Stuart Crich­ton of West Chester. The case was pros­e­cuted by As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kevin Pierce of the DA’s Drug Unit.

The in­ci­dent that brought But­ler to court un­folded about 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31 when West Vin­cent Of­fi­cer Justin Fritz re­sponded to a dis­tur­bance in the 800 block of Fel­low­ship Road in Chester Springs. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, the 911 caller ad­vised po­lice that But­ler was at the res­i­dence and was “known to carry knives and guns and use hard drugs.”

Upon po­lice ar­rival, But­ler’s mother, Su­san But­ler, ad­vised the of­fi­cer that her son was al­legedly armed with a .357 mag­num hand­gun and that “if any­one called

the po­lice he was go­ing to shoot his girl­friend,” Caro­line Hen­nessey, who was with him in­side a barn on the prop­erty. As po­lice be­gan to ar­rive, Hen­nessey ex­ited the barn and ran to po­lice. She told them that But­ler re­port­edly had sev­eral firearms with him.

Po­lice said a few mo­ments later But­ler ex­ited the barn and he was taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent.

Shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent and while in cus­tody, But­ler asked a po­lice of­fi­cer if he could re­turn to the

barn he just ex­ited, to close a safe and lock it. But­ler re­port­edly told po­lice that he had things in there that could get him ar­rested.

Po­lice con­ducted a search war­rant later that night in the barn. Po­lice said they lo­cated five long guns and one re­volver, as well as a de­vice that was later de­ter­mined to be an il­le­gal “zip gun” loaded with a live round and a nail.

Ad­di­tion­ally, po­lice said they seized pipes of var­i­ous sizes with end caps on them, a fuse cord, black pow­der, wool pads, var­i­ous size wires, volt­age reader and var­i­ous other pipe fit­tings. These ma­te­ri­als can be used to pro­duce pipe

bombs, po­lice said, how­ever no com­pleted pipe bombs were lo­cated.

Fritz said the safe con­tained a crys­tal­lized sub­stance found pack­aged in a Tup­per­ware con­tainer the size of golf ball that tested and con­firmed as metham­phetamine. They said they also found ap­prox­i­mately three other crys­tal­lized sub­stances, the size of high­lighter caps, in a small plas­tic bag­gie. Po­lice said they tested and con­firmed a white sub­stance, found in a metal and a glass su­gar jar, as am­phet­a­mine.

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