The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, August 9, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount woman was given a suspended three-year sentence Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court for distribution of marijuana after she pleaded guilty to the charge.
Denise Lasalle Benguche, 41, was given the suspended sentence with several conditions attached.
Benguche must use no illegal drugs; enter into a substance abuse program; pay $130 in restitution to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the amount used to purchase the marijuana through a controlled buy; and forfeit her driver's license for six months.
Benguche will also be on 12 months of intensive probation and 12 months of regular probation. She must also be of good behavior for five years.
Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander told Benguche that violation of any of the conditions could result in Benguche having to serve the three-year jail term.
"It's time for you to stop using marijuana and stop selling it," Alexander told her.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Deatherage told the judge that Benguche has a drug problem and needs counseling. He noted that Benguche tested positive on July 15 for marijuana use.
Benguche's son, Tyshawn Maurice Benguche, 21, of Rocky Mount, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to distribute marijuana in connection with the case against his mother. He faces up to 10 years in prison on the charge.
The drug transaction occurred on Dec.15, 2012, Deatherage said. Undercover investigators arranged for a phone call to be made to Tyshawn Benguche asking him to sell marijuana to the caller. Tyshawn Benguche told the caller to go to his mother's residence to get an ounce of marijuana for $130.
Tyshawn Benguche was not at his mother's home when the drug transaction was made, Deatherage said.
Tyshawn Benguche has two prior felony convictions, Deatherage said. One was a conviction for rape in February 2011.
Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II revoked Tyshawn Benguche's bond and sent him to jail until his sentencing hearing on Sept. 17.