Teen who turned in his drugs goes to jail

A Parkersburg man who gave up his stash of an illegal drug before he was booked into the Washington County Jail was sentenced Tuesday to complete a 30-day jail sentence, much of which he has already served.

Kyle C. Morrison, 18, of 501 32nd St., was sentenced on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance, a bill of information charge to which he pleaded guilty on May 20.

Morrison appeared to be heavily under the influence of an illegal substance when the Marietta Police Department picked him up earlier this year for a warrant out of Washington County Juvenile Court, said Assistant Prosecutor Alison Cauthorn.

“(An officer) asked him what he was so messed up on. The defendant said he had been smoking K2 and said he had some on him and wanted to get rid of it before he was transferred into the jail,” said Cauthorn.

Officers found some of the synthetic marijuana product hidden on Morrison’s person. By giving up the drug, Morrison avoided a possible third-degree felony charge of illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility. However, he was still charged with possession of the drug, a fifth-degree felony.

Morrison did not make a statement during his sentencing, nor did his attorney, Shawna Landaker.

His sentence on the charge was already outlined by an agreed disposition, reached by the attorneys in the case with the consent Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth.

Burnworth followed the disposition, sentencing Morrison to a year of community control and 30 days in the Washington County Jail. Morrison was given credit for 28 days served.

“So you only have two more to do,” said Burnworth.

Burnworth warned Morrison that if he violates his probation, he can be sent to prison for up to a year. However, a prison sentence for a probation violation in a fifth-degree felony drug possession case is unlikely, added Burnworth.

“You’re more likely to see more time in the Washington County Jail. But I don’t want to see you back in that chair, I don’t want to see you back in the county jail after the next two days,” said Burnworth.