WILKES-BARRE – Marion Gause appeared before county judges twice Tuesday — once to get married, the second time to be sentenced.
Gause’s honeymoon will be short-lived: He was sentenced to 33 to 78 months in state prison on a number of charges, including one related to a case in which he bit a police officer.
The 45-year-old Madison Street man was sentenced on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, intent to possess a controlled substance and two counts each of possession with intent to deliver heroin and criminal conspiracy.
Gause pleaded guilty to the charges in January and October.
“You have one of the most horrendous (criminal) records I have ever seen,” Judge Fred Pierantoni said to Gause after the sentencing.
According to county court documents, Gause – also known as “Unique” — was involved in at least three other drug cases in Luzerne County dating back to 2004.
Before being sentenced Tuesday, Gause appeared with his girlfriend before Judge Jennifer Rogers, who united the two in marriage.
According to court papers, on Sept. 22, a Wilkes-Barre police officer saw Gause arguing with a woman on Maffett Street.
The officer said Gause continually put his hands in his pockets. The officer searched him and found him to be in possession of three bags of suspected heroin.
Gause tried to run, according to the criminal complaint, but the officer was able to grab him, court papers say. Gause bit the officer on the hand and thumb. Police said Gause swallowed the bags of heroin and was taken to a local hospital.
Gause was also sentenced for the following:
On Feb. 24, 2012, he sold suspected heroin to a police informant in Hanover Township. A few weeks later on March 2, police said Gause again sold suspected heroin to a police informant in Hanover Township.
Pierantoni also ordered Gause to serve 12 months of special probation and to complete 30 hours of community service once he is released from prison.
He received 152 days credit for time already served in prison. He was immediately taken to the county prison after his sentencing Tuesday.