Woman pleads guilty to drug charges

Published 9:46 am Thursday, October 23, 2008

A West Virginia woman arrested for drug peddling and a West Virginia man who had earlier pleaded guilty to a drug charge were among those making appearances Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Jennifer Page, 31, of Huntington, told Judge Charles Cooper she was guilty to both aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Cooper sentenced her to 90 days in jail but suspended that sentence and placed her on four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP).

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He also ordered her to undergo a minimum of six months in-patient drug rehabilitation. She was also fined $1,250 and ordered to surrender her driver’s license six months.

George Wilder, 34, also of Huntington, pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession of crack and was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

He was given a brief furlough but failed to report to local authorities so he could be sent to prison. Escape charges were filed on him in May.

Wednesday, the escape charge was dismissed and Wilder’s original 11-month sentence was enforced.

In another case, James Hern, 45 , of 236 Township Road, Pedro, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of theft. Judge D. Scott Bowling fined him $250 and ordered him to pay $3,400 in restitution to his victim. The theft charge was amended from an original count of complicity to burglary.

Johnny Fields, 45, of 322 Ridgeway St., Coal Grove, admitted he violated his community controlled sanctions, also known as probation by failing to report to his probation officer as required. Bowling sentenced him to seven months in prison.

Fields was on probation for a 2005 grand theft conviction.

Steven Triplett, of 847 N. Fifth St., Ironton, admitted he, too, violated his probation by not reporting to probation officer, failing to pay all of his court costs, other associated fees and court-ordered restitution. He will be sentenced Nov. 5.

Triplett was on probation for 2004 forgery and theft convictions.