Headley to serve rest of sentence in prison


After violating the terms of her judicial release, a New Matamoras woman was returned to prison Friday to serve the rest of her term.

Joy J. Headley, 42, of 316 Main St., was sentenced to four and a half months in prison by Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday on Friday morning after Headley violated her judicial release on five occasions July through early September.

Headley was arrested on Oct. 23, 2018, after agents of the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force and the Washington County Special Reaction Team executed a search warrant of her home, according to police records.

Police reports state that in the search, agents found 15.67 grams of methamphetamine, a number of meth smoking pipes, syringes, digital scales for weighing drugs and multiple small plastic baggies used to prepare meth for sale. A stolen generator was located underneath the back porch and a wicker box containing small plastic baggies and syringes was found in a shed in the backyard.

A number of firearms were also found inside the home, the police report notes. Headley had a criminal history which precluded her from owning, possessing or using firearms. Her criminal history included delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a felony against the state and manufacturing drugs, all in West Virginia.

She was sentenced in January 2019 to time served and 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree felony trafficking in drugs, third-degree felony weapons under disability and first-degree misdemeanor endangering children.

Judicial release was granted in November 2019, and in January, she violated terms of the judicial release by “failing to attend a drug assessment and had a positive urine screen for methamphetamine,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin.

She was to continue on judicial release while being sent to the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace.

According to Jerry Smith of the Adult Parole Authority, Headley’s five judicial release violations were:

¯ Failing to attend Life and Purpose Behavioral Health sessions on July 29;

¯ Failing to attend L&P sessions on Aug. 10;

¯ Failing to keep supervising officer, Jerry Smith, informed of residence on Aug. 21;

¯ Failing to report as directed on Aug. 25; and

¯ Failing to report as directed on Sept. 3.

Headley admitted to the violations, but otherwise did not speak on her own behalf.

Derkin asked that the rest of her prison sentence be imposed. Defense attorney Rolf Baumgartel asked that instead of being sent back to prison, Headley instead be sent to Oriana House.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@marietttatimes.com.


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