Woman grateful for drug arrest

A Parkersburg woman caught leaving an area motel room with bath salts was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to 120 days in jail.

Ashley D. True, 25, of 3850 Central Ave. Apt. 28, was sentenced on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs.

True read Thursday from a remorseful letter she had prepared, saying she would have likely died had she continued down her path of drug usage and promising she would take this opportunity to reform her life.

“I’d like to thank you, your honor, for changing my life and opening my eyes,” True read to Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane.

True’s attitude was in stark contrast to that of her co-defendant, 26-year-old Megan Skidmore, of 2623 14th Ave., Parkersburg, during her own sentencing.

Both Skidmore and True pleaded guilty as charged to a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession for having bath salts.

However, Skidmore questioned the fairness of her September sentencing and tried to rescind her guilty plea at the last minute. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a year of community control.

True, Skidmore and an unnamed male were pulled over by an agent of the Major Crimes Task Force March 7 after they were seen leaving a Pike Street motel room that had been under surveillance because of reports of suspicious activity there.

A prescription bottle in True’s name contained a white powder and glass funnel belonging to Skidmore contained a white residue.

The women insolently told the officer that he would not have enough evidence to convict them, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.

“They told him, ‘Good luck. There isn’t enough in there to test.’ Apparently there was enough,” he said.

Erb recommended a 90-day sentence for True and at least three years of community control.

Citing her sparse record, True’s attorney Rolf Baumgartel asked for a 30-or 60-day sentence.

True has prior misdemeanor convictions for shoplifting and driving under suspension, said Baumgartel.

Baumgartel’s recommendation would have allowed True to be released immediately from jail as she has already served 73 days.

Instead Lane issued a 120-day jail sentence and five years of community control. He also ordered True to participate in drug counseling and in the court’s “Thinking For A Change” program, which was developed by The National Institute of Corrections to address criminal attitudes and behaviors in offenders.