NORWICH – 25-year-old Anastasia D. Hallenbeck, who was featured as an “ex-addict” from Norwich in The Daily Star, pleaded guilty to selling drugs and was sentenced to prison on Monday.
Hallenbeck was on the front page of the Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, 2014 weekend edition of The Daily Star, claiming sobriety since her arrest in June of 2014. She said she was struggling to stay in recovery from opiate addiction and that she used to “shoot up” heroin and abuse pills. She also said it was difficult to stay sober in Norwich due to the drug epidemic in the area.
A month later, on Dec. 16, 2014, members of the Chenango County Sheriff's Office arrested Hallenbeck for selling heroin. “It is alleged that Hallenbeck sold heroin on multiple occasions within the City of Norwich,” said authorities.
On Jan. 21, 2015, Hallenbeck was indicted on charges related to two separate cases involving narcotic sales.
In the first indictment, it was alleged that on Dec. 2, 2014 on Front Street in the City of Norwich and on Dec. 4, 2014 at a Brown Street residence in the City of Norwich, Hallenbeck did knowingly and unlawfully sell the narcotic drug heroin.