Man says he stole sister’s medicine

A Newport man accused of breaking into his mother’s home and stealing his younger sister’s prescription medication pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to two of the four charges levied against him.

Corey P. Pryor, 20, of 90 Mitchell Drive, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony count of safecracking and a fourth-degree felony count of theft of a dangerous drug. As per a plea agreement, two third-degree felony burglary counts against Pryor were dropped in exchange for his guilty pleas.

Pryor reportedly entered his mother’s Newport home on Oct. 9 while the family was not home, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham.

“While he was inside the home he pried open a medication lock box. He then proceeded to take 28 Adderall pills, a Schedule II controlled substance, which belonged to his minor sister,” she said.

Pryor did not have permission to be in the house or take the medication and ultimately admitted to authorities that he broke into the lock box and took the medication, she said.

Pryor reasserted his guilt Tuesday, pleading guilty to the two lesser felonies. The burglary charges, for Pryor’s unlawful entry into the home the day of the theft and again on Feb. 22, were dismissed.

At sentencing, the prosecution will recommend Pryor will be sentenced to the SEPTA Correctional Facility, said Graham. In addition, the prosecution agreed not to indict Pryor on a breach of recognizance charge for failing to appear at a scheduled hearing on the charges, she said.

Pryor was arrested April 18 for violating his personal recognizance bond and has remained incarcerated since.

Graham said she does not believe Pryor has any previous criminal violations and Marietta Municipal Court lists only one other violation, a minor misdemeanor possession of drugs charge which occurred in November.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane ordered Pryor back to the Washington County Jail Tuesday and ordered him to undergo a handful of evaluations before his sentencing.

In addition to an evaluation by SEPTA, Lane ordered Pryor be evaluated by L&P Services, which provides substance abuse counseling among other things.

Pryor is scheduled to be sentenced on the two charges at 8 a.m. June 27. He faces a maximum three years in prison on the charges-18 months on each. But Lane noted he also has the option to sentence Pryor to community control, which would include local jail time, SEPTA, or both.