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Decade of probation for unluckiest butt-dialer ever

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York City man who made the unluckiest butt-dial ever has avoided additional prison time as part of a negotiated plea agreement for a criminal case in which he stole guns from the home of an acquaintance.

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Edward Lee Luttrell received consideration in his criminal case for testifying against local businessman Greg Hess during Hess' high-profile murder-for-hire trial last month, according to Luttrell's defense attorney, Christopher Moore.

During the Hess trial, Luttrell told jurors that while in York County Prison, he acted as a middleman between Hess and a third inmate, Deonsae Bryant.

Bryant also testified against Hess, telling jurors he agreed to kill a police informant on Hess' behalf for $20,000, a work truck and a "legit" job.

Hess is awaiting sentence on his convictions.

Decade of probation: Luttrell, 44, pleaded guilty in York County Court on Thursday to theft and being a convicted felon in illegal possession of firearms, according to court records.

He was sentenced to 372 days to 23 months in prison, which amounted to a time-served sentence, plus an additional 10 years of probation, Moore said.

He also was ordered to pay more than $27,000 in restitution for stealing property from a home that included guns and jewelry, the attorney confirmed.

Presiding Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook also ordered Luttrell to submit to a drug and alcohol evaluation and a mental-health evaluation, court records state.

Moore said Luttrell's cooperation with authorities in the Hess case saved the life of Michael Crampton, a prosecution witness against Hess.

Worst butt-dial ever: Luttrell made news about a year ago after either he or an acquaintance accidentally butt-dialed 911  on Nov. 29, 2014, while talking about illegal drugs, officials have said.

York County 911 dispatcher Troy Snyder told The York Dispatch it's pretty common for people to accidentally call 911 and that most hangup calls last less than a minute. But the one involving Luttrell lasted for more than 20 minutes, the dispatcher said.

Snyder said he overheard two men talking about selling a stolen electronic device to get money to buy cocaine. He then heard one of the men use a different phone to call an apparent drug dealer and provide him with a room number at the Rodeway Inn, 132 N. George St., where they could all meet.

That's when Snyder sent the call to York City police officers via computer and dispatched them to the motel.

"When the police got on scene they told the guys how they found out about (the call)," Snyder said. "The men didn't believe it."

Luttrell gave officers a fake name and was charged with giving false identification to law enforcement, to which he later pleaded guilty for a sentence of 15 to 30 days in York County Prison.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.

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