A New Castle man is going back to prison for distributing crack near an elementary school while he was already on federal supervised release.

Melvin Dorsey-Pace, 29, was sentenced to 39 months in prison followed by six years of release in a federal court on Wednesday.

In February, Dorsey-Pace plead guilty to distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a New Castle elementary school in April of 2021.

At the time, Dorsey-Pace was on federal supervised release after he was convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in 2016. His supervised release for that sentence began in 2020.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pennsylvania State Police, Lawrence and Mercer County Drug Task Forces and the New Castle, Sharon, Farrell and Hermitage Police Departments all participated in the investigation.