NORRISTOWN – A Philadelphia woman will be under the watchful eye of a judge for several years for biting a Pottstown police officer while being arrested on drug and weapons-related charges in the borough.
An apologetic Ciara M. Witcher, 25, of the 6400 block of North 13th Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Wednesday to three months already served to 23 months in the county jail after she pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault of a police officer, firearms not to be carried without a license and possession of a controlled substance in connection with a March 2012 disturbance in the borough.
Judge Gary S. Silow also ordered Witcher to complete five years’ probation after she’s paroled from jail and 24 hours of community service. The sentence, including parole and probation, means Witcher will be under court supervision for about seven years.
“I think a time-served sentence is appropriate, with a lengthy probationary period, to keep you on the straight and narrow,” said Silow, indicating he was impressed by the testimony of Witcher’s parents who testified Witcher is turning her life around for the better.