MILLERSBURG -- A Killbuck woman with an admitted drug addiction, was ordered to seek treatment as part of her sentence for selling methamphetamine to an informant working with law enforcement.
Devin Jade Williams, 22, whose last known address was 3251 Township Road 1021, previously pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to two counts of trafficking in cocaine. In exchange for her guilty plea, the state dismissed four other drug trafficking charges. For her part, Williams agreed to repay $295 in buy money associated with all six charges.
While she faced up to three years in prison, Judge Robert Rinfret said he appreciated her honesty, relating to a probation officer she was likely to use if released without treatment.
Williams, who violated her bond by testing positive for methamphetamine and heroin, said she desires a drug-free future and, being incarcerated, now has a better appreciation of freedom, including eating what and whenever she wants and celebrating her most recent birthday with friends and family.
At her plea, Williams said she started using drugs over the past few years and "it just escalated," and " drugs got the best of me."
Her family knew she was using, but was unaware of the extent of her addiction, said Williams, noting that addiction has shattered her dreams of becoming a nurse.
Rinfret sentenced her to five years of community control sanctions, to include completion of an in-patient treatment program. He said he would consider granting her release from jail until an open treatment bed is available, but only if she remains with her parents, who agreed to monitor her behavior and activity.
"The worst thing I can do is to let you out and you do something before you can get to treatment," Rinfret told Williams, noting absent a change in her behavior Williams will "be a statistic."
The charges stem from three incidents, twice in the vicinity of a school, occurring on July 29, Aug. 1 and Aug. 6. They reflect not only the drug allegedly offered for sale, but that which was delivered.
"An offer to sell drugs in Ohio is illegal," said Holmes County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Knowling, at the time of Williams' indictment.
By charging for both drugs, the state closes the door to a potential defense on only one. Defendants, however, can only be convicted for one of two, the offer to sell cocaine or the actual sale of meth, he said of the charging decision made in the case of Williams and three others.
The discrepancy was identified when the purchased product tested negative for cocaine, according to LEAD Task Force Commander Joe Mullet. However, references to "chards," a term associated with crystal meth, prompted lab analysis, which tested positive for meth.
Based on intelligence gathered and similarities in the four cases, Mullet said, it is believed all four cases are connected, and the investigation continues and charges are pending against the man thought to be the local source of the drugs involved.
Similarly charged for offering to sell cocaine, which was, in fact, meth:
Kylie A. Wood, 20, of 1701 S. Washington St., Millersburg, pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine and was approved for intervention in lieu of conviction.
In exchange for her guilty plea, an alternative charge of aggravated trafficking in meth was dismissed by the state. If Wood successfully completes the program, which typically takes in excess of one year, the trafficking charge to which she pleaded guilty will be dismissed.
The charges stem from a July 31 incident.
Dakota Scott Patterson, 19, of 265 Bob White Lane, Millersburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in cocaine. In exchange for his guilty plea, two related charges of aggravated trafficking in meth were dismissed.
Patterson, who is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6, faces up to 2 ° years in prison.
He was warned a positive drug test in the interim would not only be held against him at sentencing, but would, likely, trigger his arrest, making it impossible for him to participate in his high school graduation.
Rinfret also advised Patterson there are better and safer options to earn cash, especially considering the rate at which drug users are dying.
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