MARIETTA - Two area men were sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court - one to prison and one to local jail time - on unrelated drug trafficking charges.
William R. Adams, 38, of 9550 State Route 550, Vincent, was sentenced to 17 months in prison on a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs.
Adams was indicted on a fourth- and a fifth-degree felony out of the July 10, 2012 incident where he and 48-year-old Lori Leedy, also of 9550 State Route 550, were caught selling pills from Leedy's Adderall and Xanax prescriptions in front of the Fruth Pharmacy in Belpre.
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Thomas J. Gaughan, left, sits with attorney Nancy Brum during his Wednesday sentencing on drug trafficking charges.
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William Adams, right, sits with attorney Rolf Baumgartel during his Wednesday sentencing on a drug trafficking charge.
In exchange for Adams' plea to the fourth-degree felony, the fifth-degree felony was dismissed. Also dismissed was a separate third-degree tampering with drugs felony stemming from an April 18 incident where Adams, Leedy and 40-year-old James Bartimus, of 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, were found crushing and snorting Adderall pills, officials said.
Adams, Leedy and Bartimus are all in prison, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham.
Graham said Wednesday's sentence would likely have to run concurrently to the prison sentence Adams is currently serving.
"The state is not opposed to running his sentence concurrent to the one he's serving in Meigs County," she said.
Adams was convicted of two counts of breaking and entering and a possession of criminal tools charge in 2012 in Meigs County and was sentenced to one year in prison on each of the three counts, said Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane.
Adams' attorney Rolf Baumgartel said Adams had around 22 months left to serve on the convictions.
Lane sentenced Adams to 17 months in prison - one month shy of the maximum - and ordered the sentence to run concurrently to the current one.
In an unrelated case, 27-year-old Thomas J. Gaughan of 2453 County Road 9, Marietta, was sentenced to 89 days in the Washington County Jail on one fifth-degree and one fourth-degree felony charge of trafficking in drugs.
Gaughan was the driver during a Jan. 28 drug sale where Stacy Thompson sold $350 worth of heroin to a confidential informant, officials said.
Thompson, who was convicted of four counts of drug trafficking during an August jury trial, was sentenced in September to three and a half years in prison.
Gaughan again sold what he purported to be heroin to the same informant on Feb. 5. Though the substance turned out to not test positive for heroin or any other controlled substance, Gaughan offering to sell it as heroin constituted a felony, officials said.
Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider recommended a prison sentence, but Gaughan asked to be allowed to continue his addiction recovery in the SEPTA Correctional Facility.
"I did really good in rehab. I think SEPTA would help me in the job aspect of getting me into a routine, getting me back to work," he said.
Burnworth sentenced Gaughan to three years community control, 89 days in jail with credit for two days served, and ordered him to begin his stay at SEPTA immediately following his release from jail.
He will also be responsible for $920 in restitution to the Major Crimes Task Force for the two drug buys to which he pleaded guilty as well as an additional fourth-degree felony trafficking charge that was dismissed.