FRS counseling ordered for man after sentence is served

Last updated: August 22. 2014 5:28PM - 3351 Views
By Sarah Allen sallen@civitasmedia.com

Stephanie Blair is pictured with defense attorney Jeffrey Lyle in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Friday.
Stephanie Blair is pictured with defense attorney Jeffrey Lyle in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Friday.
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A Hillsboro woman who was arrested in July following a call of a possible overdose entered into a plea agreement Friday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that law enforcement responded to the call on East Beech Street on July 22. At that time, Stephanie Blair, 26, was found sitting on a bed in an upstairs bedroom.

Upon seeing the officer, Blair allegedly grabbed a syringe from a nearby table and dropped it to the floor in an attempt to conceal it. Also discovered with the syringe was a spoon with residue on it.

When the officer said EMTs downstairs wanted to check on her, she refused treatment.

On Friday, Blair pled guilty to second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments. The state recommended a suspended sentence, credit for time served in jail, and an assessment at FRS.

This new charge was also a probation violation of a 2013 theft conviction. Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna said that this was not Blair’s first probation violation, adding that she had previously been furloughed to the Georgie Harris House for treatment.

Blair told the court, “I see where I went wrong, and I did relapse on that day (in July).”

When asked, she told the court that her daughter had been downstairs at the time of relapse. She had also been present when the EMTs arrived.

The judge said, “I hope … you won’t continue to disrespect your family that way, especially your daughter.”

A 90-day jail sentence was suspended consecutively to her theft charge. Her license was also suspended for one year. Blair was ordered to complete substance abuse counseling at FRS. Until she has done so, she will be on a 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew. Additionally, she was found guilty of a probation violation and will have to serve 83 days in jail. Blair was given credit for 32 days in jail. The remaining 51 days will begin on Dec. 8.

The judge said if Blair continues to stay clean and has entered counseling, she may not have to serve that time.

McKenna said, “I realize that relapsing is a part of the nomenclature, but it’s also a part of the game drug addicts like to play.” He added that, while he will give Blair opportunities for rehabilitation, he “can’t make (her) go.”

Also on Friday, Herman B. Quarles, 30, of Lynchburg, entered into a plea agreement. He pled guilty to second-degree misdemeanor attempt to purchase nine or more grams of pseudoephedrine within a 30-day period.

In exchange for that plea, the state recommended a suspended sentence on the conditions that he stay away from Walgreens and obtain counseling at FRS.

McKenna said Quarles is currently serving time on a probation violation of a 2012 case. At that time, Quarles had been convicted of illegally purchasing pseudoephedrine. On that conviction, he had also been ordered to obtain counseling and stay away from Walgreens.

Quarles told the court on Friday, “I just want to get it all behind me.”

“How are you going to get it all behind you if you keep doing the same thing over and over?” the judge asked.

A 90-day jail sentence was suspended. Quarles will be on two years of reporting probation.

Quarles was ordered to obtain counseling as soon as he is released from jail. He will be on an 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew until that counseling is complete.

Additionally, Quarles was ordered again to stay away from Walgreens. The judge said, “This is now twice you’ve committed crimes on their property.”

His case was scheduled for a review hearing on Dec. 29.

Brent Brewer, 27, of Leesburg, appeared for a hearing concerning a probation violation from Aug. 8. Brewer had previously been convicted in August 2013 of theft.

In December of that year, Brewer had been found guilty of a probation violation when he had overdosed. He had been ordered to serve 89 days in jail, which were eventually furloughed for him to complete the MonDay program, which he did.

Then, on Aug. 8 of this year, the probation department reported that he had tested positive for Suboxone.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that Hillsboro Municipal Court Acting Judge Susan Zurface had not made a determination on that case, and that it was continued for McKenna to consider. Zurface had said that McKenna may let Brewer’s time in the MonDay program count toward jail time.

On Friday, McKenna said that policy only applies to treatment that he orders. The MonDay program, he said, was the result of a felony charge out of Montgomery County. The judge also said that Brewer did not appear for a hearing on Aug. 18.

“I want to hear a little bit more about what’s going on,” the judge said.

A review hearing was scheduled for Aug. 25. At that time, the theft charge, which was subject to resentencing, will also be addressed.

Brewer is currently being held on a $5,000 bond.

Sarah Allen may be reached at 937-402-2571 or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

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