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One Defendant Sentenced, Another Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

MONTICELLO ­ Mary Shelton, 35, of Monticello, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for first- and second-degree trafficking in controlled substance charges in Wayne Circuit Court on Monday, January 16, according to Matthew B. Leveridge, Commonwealth¹s Attorney for Wayne and Russell counties.

An investigation by Operation UNITE and the Monticello Police Department revealed that Mary Shelton and Loretta Prater were selling narcotics from a residence on Allen Street in Monticello, according to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton. Dalton stated that an informant with Operation UNITE purchased 5 Percocet pills and 4 Hydrocodone pills from Shelton and Prater on May 10,
2006 from the same residence on Allen Street.

Prater was sentenced to five years imprisonment last week in Wayne Circuit Court.

At Shelton¹s sentencing hearing she asked the court to probate her sentence ­ arguing that the legislature mandated that the court consider probation for convictions such as hers. Dalton objected, noting that Shelton had committed these crimes within two months of having been placed on misdemeanor probation for forged instruments in 2006.

Wayne Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard rejected the request for probation, stating that probation would be unjustified, given that she had committed these offenses while on probation. Miniard remanded Shelton into the custody of the department of corrections to begin service of her sentence.

Guilty Plea

Dorothy Faye Wallace, 39, of Monticello, pled guilty to two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance according to Commonwealth¹s Attorney Leveridge.

According to Leveridge, in February 2006 an informant with the Monticello Police Department purchased four and a half Hydrocodone pills from Wallace for $50. This transaction occurred at Wallace¹s residence in Monticello.

According to UNITE Prosecutor Dalton, an informant with Operation UNITE purchased an additional four Hydrocodone pills from Wallace for $40 in April 2006. Dalton stated that this transaction also occurred at Wallace¹s residence.

Dalton noted that all of the cases against Wallace were worked by a combined team of UNITE Detectives and the Monticello Police Department.

Leveridge stated that his office would recommend five years imprisonment for Wallace¹s two counts of second-degree trafficking. In addition, this new conviction would revoke a 2005 trafficking conviction against Wallace which was previously probated.

All total, Wallace will receive a total sentence of 12 years. Leveridge stated he would oppose any early release for Wallace.

Judge Miniard set final sentencing for March 6.

Leveridge thanked Operation UNITE and the Monticello Police Department for their cooperative efforts in these cases.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org


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