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Betty Kendrick Harrison
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Henry woman will serve three years in prison for selling oxymorphone and marijuana.
Betty Kendrick Harrison, 49, was sentenced Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court to 35 years in prison, but all but three years of the sentence were suspended.
Kendrick was sentenced to 10 years on each of three charges of distributing oxymorphone and five years on the marijuana distribution charge.
Circuit Court Judge Stacy Moreau suspended nine years on each of the oxymorphone charges, and all of the five years for marijuana distribution charge.
Harrison will also be placed on probation for two years after she is released from prison. She was also ordered to be of good behavior for 25 years.
Harrison was also ordered to pay the Franklin County Sheriff's Office $400, which was the amount she received for selling the drugs through controlled buys organized by the sheriff's office.
Before Harrison was sentenced, Harrison told the court "I have sinned against God and man. I have wronged myself, Franklin County and this court."
The 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 oxymorphone pills and .97 ounce of marijuana, Deatherage said.
On May 17, another controlled drug buy was made from Harrison of four oxymorphone tablets.
On May 21, investigators found several bags of marijuana (approximately one pound) during the execution of a search warrant, Deatherage said. Also found in the residence were firearms, drug paraphernalia and over $1,000 in 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 Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court.
Harrison has prior drug offenses, Deatherage said. She had just gotten off probation "when she got into this trouble. Clearly she has not learned a lesson."
In sentencing Harrison, Moreau told her, "You have been given chance after chance.... You are putting poison out on the streets."