Woman pleads to drug-peddling scheme

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 29, 2008

Drug offenses and thefts were among the cases disposed of Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Diwana Ross, 36, of Huntington, W.Va., was sentenced for her part in a drug-peddling scheme involving four other people. Ross pleaded guilty earlier this month to possession of crack cocaine and possession of criminal tools. On Wednesday, Judge Charles Cooper sentenced her to four years in prison but agreed that if she stays out of trouble she could be eligible for judicial release after six months if she is accepted into a community based correctional facility (CBCF). Ross was given credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of her case.

“I have a very bad drug problem and I want to get clean,” Ross told Cooper as she apologized for her actions. “It owe it to my kids and my mother. I’ve never been in this type of trouble.”

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Cooper denied her request for a brief furlough before she is sent to prison.

Four co-defendants have already pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme.

Also Wednesday, Joshua Brumfield, 21, of 2341 County Road 22, Ironton, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer, possession of criminal tools, and two counts of theft. He may be eligible for judicial release after one year with good behavior. Judge D. Scott Bowling gave him credit for time served in jail awaiting conclusion of his case.

Vickie Newcomb, 21, of 1668 Township Road 250, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of theft. Bowling sentenced her to three years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered her to pay $1,000 restitution to her victim.

Joshua T. Richards, 25, of 103 Keith St., South Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count each of identity fraud and misuse of a credit card. In exchange for his guilty plea to these charges, the prosecutor’s office dismissed one count of intimidation of a witness.

Bowling further ordered Richards to pay $1, 845 to two different victims.

“I’m sorry for my actions,” Richards told Bowling.

Michael Zundel, 19, of 83 Township Road 1212, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempt to commit burglary. Bowling sentenced him to four years CCS/ISP and ordered him to complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.Zundel must also pay restitution to his victim.

Scottie Jenkins, 26, of 1125 S. Seventh St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and aggravated trafficking in drugs. He was sentenced to a total of two years in prison and ordered to surrender his driver’s license for two years as well.

Bowling also fined him a total of $10,000.

Frederick Jenkins, 29, of 7188 State Route 141, Kitts Hill, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Bowling sentenced him to a total of four years in prison and fined him a total of $15,000. Frederick Jenkins must also surrender his driver’s license for 18 months.

He may be eligible for judicial release after 17 months if he is admitted to a community based correctional facility. Bowling agreed to release Frederick Jenkins on a short furlough only if he can pay for electronic monitoring while he is free.