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CHARLOTTE SANDERS Senior Writer



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WILLIAMSON The number of Mingo County drug convictions continues to grow.
Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks said his office had been working hard, as have court officials and law enforcement officers responsible for tracking down and arresting those listed as suspects in area drug activities.
Guilty pleas to drug charges were entered by six defendants last Thursday in Mingo County Circuit Court.
Chief Judge Michael Thornsbury conducted the proceedings for three women and three male defendants, accepted their pleas and set sentencings for varying times on April 13.
A 49-year-old William-son woman, Tammy Owens, also known as Nichols, pleaded guilty to an information presented by the prosecutors office and charging her with delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance identified as Hydrocodone.
In return for the plea, the state dismissed a January indictment containing two counts of drug offenses. Owens/Nichols was represented by Attorney Ronald J. Rumora. She was released on a post-conviction bond pending her return to court for sentencing at 9:45 a.m. on April 13.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Teresa D. Maynard appeared for the state on behalf of Prosecutor C. Michael Sparks in the above proceeding and in the case of Deborah Ann Walls, 52, Wharncliffe.
Walls, who also was represented by Rumora, pleaded guilty to Count III of her January indictment which charged her with delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance, Hydrocodone. In return for the plea, the state dismissed two other drug counts.
Walls was remanded to Southwestern Regional Jail pending her return to court for sentencing at 9:45 a.m. on April 13.
A 49-year-old Williamson man, John Wesley Arnn, pleaded guilty to Count I of his January indictment which charged him with delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance identified as Clonazepam. A second count was dismissed by the state in return for the plea.
Thornsbury set sentencing for 9:30 a.m. on April 13. Arnn, who was represented by Attorney Steven Knopp, was remanded to Southwestern Regional Jail pending sentencing.
Assistant Prosecutor Maynard represented the state in the Arnn proceeding.
Patricia Sparks, 19, of Wharncliffe, entered a plea of guilty to Count II of her indictment which charged her with conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, Oxycodone. In return for her plea, the state dismissed Count I of her indictment.
She was represented by Attorney David Foley and is scheduled for sentencing at 1 p.m. on April 13. She was remanded to the regional jail to await her next court date.
Jerry Marshall Cline, 35, of Williamson, pleaded guilty to Count I of his indictment in which he was charged with delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance, Hydrocodone. The state will dismiss Count II in return for the guilty plea.
Cline, who was represented by Attorney Diana C. Wiedel, was remanded to the regional jail to awaiting sentencing at 1 p.m. on April 13.
Lafe Stanley, 32, of Williamson, who also was represented by Wiedel, entered a plea of guilty to delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance, Alprazolam, as contained in his indictment. The state dismissed Count II in exchange for the plea.
Stanley is scheduled for sentencing at 1 p.m. on April 13 and was remanded back to the regional jail pending his return to court.
Assistant Prosecutor Maynard represented Prosecutor Sparks in the Patricia Sparks and Jerry Cline hearings. Prosecutor Sparks appeared for the state in the Stanley proceeding.
Chief Judge Michael Thornsbury accepted the pleas of three defendants Monday and set their sentencings for the morning of April 13.
Darrell Stumbo, 30, of Columbus, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty to Count I of his January 2009 indictment, which charges him with conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, Oxycodone.
Stumbo, who was represented by Attorney David Foley, was remanded to Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden to await sentencing in April. In exchange for his plea, the state will dismiss a second count charging him with possession of Oxycodone with intent to deliver. Assistant Prosecut-ing Attorney Teresa D. Maynard appeared for the state in the proceeding.
A 56-year-old Chattaroy man, Jimmy Diamond, pleaded guilty to delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance, Hydrocodone, as charged in his January indictment. Two other charges of possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver, will be dismissed by the state in exchange for the defendants plea.
Diamond was represented by Attorney Jonathan Jewell, and will remain in the regional jail until time for his sentencing next month.. Assistant Prosecut-ing Attorney Glen Rutledge appeared for the state.
Clarence Ray Maynard, 31, of Route 1, Williamson, entered a plea of guilty to the lone charge against him, which was distribution of Marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, and Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of the Kermit K-8 school on March 18, 2008.
Maynard, who was represented by Attorney Jerry Lyall, posted a $100,000 post-conviction bond to gain his release until sentencing time.
Sparks, who represented the state, said Maynard is exposed to a sentence in a state correctional facility of not less than two years nor more than five years. Diamond and Stumbo are each exposed to a prison sentence of not less than one nor more than five years.
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