Court rejects special sentence

A Marietta woman who picked up and then kept her grandmother’s prescription pain pills will not be serving an intermittent jail sentence as she requested.

Vickie M. Thompson, 30, of 300 Starlite Drive, Lot 40, pleaded guilty in February to a fifth-degree felony count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug for filling her grandmother’s prescription for tramadol.

However, Thompson indicated during her presentence investigation interview that she did not feel she did anything wrong, said Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth.

“You acted like you were just doing grandma a favor, picking up her medicine. But that’s not what happened. The medicine was never recovered,” said Burnworth.

Thompson’s attorney Rolf Baumgartel requested that his client be allowed to leave jail for a couple days each month.

“So she doesn’t lose public assistance,” explained Baumgartel.

Serving a straight jail sentence would force Thompson to forfeit her disability checks, she told the court.

“I have two children. I don’t want to lose my apartment,” Thompson said.

But Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings said he opposed the request.

“The state doesn’t generally oppose intermittent sentences for work-related purposes, but not for things like this,” said Rings.

Burnworth pointed to a long criminal history before handing down his sentence.

“In the last 12 years, you’ve been sentenced to the Washington County Jail 20 times. You’ve spent more than a year there, 375 days by my count. You lost custody of your children when you went to prison” said Burnworth.

Burnworth refused the intermittent sentencing request, ordering Thompson to serve her 90 days in the Washington County Jail consecutively and sentencing her to three years of community control.