Mother, daughter plead guilty to drug charges

Published 9:55 am Thursday, April 23, 2009

An Ironton grandmother will go to prison for eight months after she admitted Wednesday she allowed her brother, her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend to sell drugs out of her house.

Her daughter, Stacy Thompson, will go to prison for four years after she admitted she allowed her 12-year-old son to sell drugs and endangered her three children with her complicity to drug peddling.

Loretta Thompson, 50, of 2430 S. Eighth St., answered in a weary voice, “guilty” each time Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles Cooper asked how she pleaded to six counts of permitting drug abuse.

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In addition to the prison sentence, Loretta Thompson must also surrender her driver’s license for one year and was fined $1,250 on each of those six counts.

But Thompson’s attorney, Tyler Smith, said he will file indigency documentation and have those fines waived. Loretta Thompson declined to make a comment when Cooper asked if she had anything to say prior to sentencing, but her daughter, Stacy Thompson, 32, told Cooper she was “sorry for all the trouble I caused” when she was sentenced.

Some of her comments were inaudible to people sitting in the gallery.

Stacy Thompson, who lives at the same address, pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering “the health and safety” of her three children, a 13-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy who was also charged with drug peddling and a one-year-old girl. She also pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Cooper sentenced her to four years in prison but if she testifies truthfully against any remaining co-defendants and if she stays out of trouble while she is behind bars, she could be given early release but only to the STAR Community Justice Center and its drug rehabilitation program.

“I think you’ll find it a very professional place and if you apply yourself you’ll find it a help for any substance abuse problem you may have,” Cooper told her. He allowed mother and daughter a brief furlough before being sent to prison but both women will be on electronically monitored home confinement.

Cases are pending against Loretta Thompson’s brother James C. Fugett and Stacy Thompson’s boyfriend, Christopher Adkins, who lived at the same house and were arrested at the same time. The Thompsons, Fugett and Adkins were among a dozen people rounded up in a three-house drug raid in March.

As for the three children who were living in the Thompson home, the 12-year-old was also arrested on drug charges; his case is being handled through Lawrence County Juvenile Court.

Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr., said he was not sure if the children were in the care of relatives or in foster care.

Lawrence County Job and Family Services Director Gene Myers said for the safety of such children in these cases, his agency does not comment on their whereabouts.

Others arrested on drug charges had their day in court as well.

Steven D. Logsdon, 45, of 1119 S. Third St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of corrupting another with drugs. That last charge stems from his inducing a juvenile to commit drug offenses. Cooper sentenced him to four years in prison. Collier said while his office sometimes does not oppose judicial release for some felons, he has made no such agreement regarding Logsdon.

“We take this case very seriously and Mr. Logsdon does have a prior criminal record,” Collier said. Tyler Smith, who is also Logsdon’s attorney, said his client pleaded guilty to avoid a trial and the possibility of an even longer sentence.

“I apologize to the court for my crimes,” Logsdon said. He asked for mercy for his son, who is 17 and is facing drug charges in juvenile court.