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Two plead guilty in drug, burglary cases

A Chesapeake man arrested in connection with a string of eastern end break-ins and a West Virginia woman arrested in connection with the theft of drugs from a local pharmacy were among those sentenced this week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Carl Carpenter Jr., 31, of 515 County Road 3, Chesapeake, was sentenced to four years in prison on each of two counts of complicity to breaking and entering and 11 months in prison for his guilty plea to one count of breaking and entering.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton ordered that all sentences run concurrently.

Carpenter was arrested in February in connection with break-ins at three residences from which guns, knives and other valuables were taken. He was indicted along with three other people.

Carl Smith, 41, of 2160 State Route 243, Proctorville, was indicted on two counts of second-degree felony burglary and one count of fifth-degree felony breaking and entering.

Three people were also indicted with Carpenter: Raymond Meredith, 32, remains in the Southwestern Regional Jail in Barboursville, W.Va., awaiting resolution of charges against him in Cabell County, W.Va.; Rebecca Mutters, 24, of Huntington, W.Va.,

and Carl Smith, 41, of 2160 State Route 243, Proctorville, also await court appearances here as well.

Also this week, Jessica Orlando 21, was indicted in February on 13 counts of fourth-degree felony theft of drugs. She is accused of taking more than 20,000 Lortab and Vicodin pills from the pharmacy where she worked between May 1, 2003 and June 22, 2004. Walton sentenced Orlando to four years community controlled sanctions and ordered her to undergo drug rehabilitation. Orlando is scheduled to surrender Sunday to authorities for transfer to the River Cities Correctional Center in Cincinnati. Walton reserved 17 months in prison if Orlando violates the terms of her sanctions.