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Betty Kendrick Harrison
Friday, September 7, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Henry woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to three charges of distribution of oxymorphone and one charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Betty Kendrick Harrison, 49, faces up to 130 years on the charges -- 40 years on each of the oxymorphone charges and 10 years on the conspiracy charge.
Harrison had been charged with three counts of distribution of oxymorphone, three counts of distribution of marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one count of conspiring to distribute marijuana, but four marijuana charges were dismissed through a plea agreement with the commonwealth's attorney's office.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office organized several controlled buys from Harrison at her residence in Henry, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Deatherage.
On May 10, a controlled buy from Harrison included four pills that were determined to be oxymorphone and .97 ounce of marijuana, Deatherage said.
On May 17, another controlled drug buy was made from Harrison of four tablets that were determined to be oxymorphone.
On May 21, investigators found several bags of marijuana (approximately one pound) at her residence during the execution of a search warrant, Deatherage said. Also found in the residence were firearms, drug paraphernalia and over $1,000 cash, according to Sgt. Tim Taylor with the sheriff's office.
During each drug transaction, Harrison put the money inside her live-in boyfriend's wallet, Deatherage added. The boyfriend, Ronald David Webb, 57, was indicted in July on four drug charges. His trial is set for Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court.
Circuit Court Judge Stacy Moreau ordered a presentence report to be prepared on Harrison prior to her sentencing hearing, which is set for Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.
Harrison was allowed to remain free on bond until the sentencing.