Even though a Wilmington woman admitted to violating her probation by committing new felonies, she has been allowed to continue with community control and the progress she is making.
Sandra K. Lamb, 25, was sentenced to community control and STAR nearly three years ago after pleading guilty to trafficking in drugs and trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances, both fifth-degree felonies.
Nothing further, aside from fee notices, shows on the court records until a notification was filed with the court in October alleging heroin trafficking and possession charges in Clinton County from March of this year.
According to the Clinton County records, she pled guilty to a heroin trafficking charge and a heroin possession charge in August.
Lamb on Monday in Highland County Common Pleas Court admitted to the allegations in the probation report. She told judge Rocky Coss that she is currently in Clinton County’s drug court and undergoing treatment as a part of her program.
She said she reports to the drug court twice weekly and to her probation officer once a week. She is currently engaged in outpatient treatment, is working full-time, and has had numerous drug screens, all of which have been clean, she said, adding that she brought the necessary documentation to prove that.
Her probation officer was present in the courtroom and corroborated what Lamb told the court.
Prosecutor Anneka Collins said that if the court did not object, she would recommend setting Lamb’s sentencing two to three months out to allow time to monitor how Lamb progressed in treatment.
When asked by the judge, Lamb said that the drug court program will last about a year and a half. She said she’s been in the program since last month.
Coss said that when a person on community control “picks up” new felonies, that typically means prison time for that person. But, he said, since Lamb is in substance abuse treatment, is employed, has stayed clean, and that she is “being somewhat productive as a citizen,” the judge said he was willing to give her “one last chance.”
“Thank you,” Lamb said.
In other hearings, a total of five defendants, all from Greenfield, pled guilty to charges and are set to be sentenced in December following presentence investigations.
Shasta Collier, 23, pled guilty to two counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school zone, both fourth-degree felonies.
Casandra Taylor, 32, pled guilty to fourth-degree felony trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile.
Brodie Williams, 31, entered a guilty plea to fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs.
Nicholas Lightner, 38, pled guilty to trafficking in heroin and trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance, both fifth-degree felonies.
Thomas A. Schrader, 43, entered into an agreement with the state and pled guilty to fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin.
According to all five of the plea agreements filed with the court, the state will not oppose community control and treatment.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.