Jail time for sneaking pills into jail

A Marietta woman who tried to sneak multiple prescription pills into the Washington County Jail in June was sentenced Thursday to spend one more month in jail.

Felicia D. Wallace, 23, of 1360 Silver Globe Road, has already spent three months in jail on the charge-a third-degree felony count of illegal conveyance of weapons or prohibited items onto the grounds of a government facility.

Wallace had concealed 19 various prescription pain and anxiety pills in a body cavity when she turned herself in to serve a jail sentence June 21, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.

The pills included two strengths of Oxycontin and two strengths of Xanax, he said.

Wallace was initially indicted on four third-degree felony conveyance charges, one for each type of pill. She was also indicted on four drug possession charges, two fifth-degree felonies for the Oxycontin and two first-degree misdemeanors for the Xanax.

When Wallace pleaded guilty Nov. 26 to a single third-degree felony count of illegal conveyance of weapons or prohibited items onto the grounds of a government facility, the remaining charges were dropped.

Wallace did not speak Thursday, saying only “No thank you,” when asked if she’d like to make a statement.

She was scheduled to be sentenced according to an agreed disposition, said Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth.

“You’re ordered to serve 120 days in the Washington County Jail,” he said.

Burnworth gave Wallace credit for time served. Thursday marked her 91st day in jail, leaving her with 29 days left on the sentence.

Upon her release, Burnworth ordered Wallace to undergo assessment for counseling.

through L&P Services and for the court’s “Thinking For A Change” program, a cognitive behavioral change program developed by The National Institute of Corrections and administered through the Adult Parole Authority.

Wallace faced three years in prison on the third-degree felony charge. Burnworth said he would invoke the full prison sentence if Wallace violated any of his orders or any conditions of community control.

“You’re to behave yourself on probation and not return to this courtroom,” he told her.