Couple pleads to drug charges

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 28, 2008

A Huntington, W.Va., couple arrested for peddling heroin were among those making appearances Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Richard Gibbs, 34, and Amanda Gibbs, 26, each pleaded guilty on bills of information guilty to drug charges.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced each of them to four years in prison and fined them $5,000. If they stay out of trouble while they are in prison, they could be eligible for judicial release after six months provided they are admitted to a community-based correctional facility.

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Richard Gibbs apologized for his actions, as dod Gibbs, through her attorney, Philip Heald. Both Heald and Richard Gibbs’ attorney, David Reid Dillon, indicated their clients are indigent and will ask to have their fines waived because of it. Each of the Gibbs asked for a brief furlough to make arrangements for the care of their children. Cooper denied the requests.

In other matters, Ronnie Harris, 28, of 405 Elizabeth St., Proctorville, pleaded guilty to one count each of grand theft and breaking and entering. He is alleged to have taken several items from a neighbor’s outbuilding, taking a television, computers and other items valued between $5,000 and $100,000.

Cooper sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions and ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service.

Harris’ attorney, Philip Heald, said Harris “understands the nature of his actions are very serious.”

Jessyca Fleming, 31, of 1910 S. Third St. Ironton, was arraigned on an eight-count indictment alleging criminal non-support. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said she is in arrears approximately $14,000 for the care of four children. Cooper set bond at $25,000 and ordered Fleming to return to court Aug. 13 for a pretrial conference.