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Travis Devon Edwards
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Penhook man will serve nine years of a 26-year prison sentence for selling heroin, contributing to the delinquency of a child and failing to reregister as a sex offender.
Travis Devon Edwards, 29, pleaded guilty in October to the three charges in Franklin County Circuit Court.
The suspended sentence imposed by Judge W.N. Alexander II is contingent upon five years probation and 25 years of good behavior. Edwards was also ordered to pay $150 restitution to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for money used to purchase the heroin.
On April 15, investigators with the sheriff's office arranged two controlled purchases of heroin from Edwards, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.
After the buys, investigators executed a search warrant on April 16 at a residence on Novelty Road, where Edwards was living, Deatherage said. They seized 33 packets of heroin at the residence, marijuana, digital scales and other paraphernalia consistent with the packaging and sale of narcotics.
Three minor children were present at the residence, Deatherage said, which led to three child endangerment charges against Edwards. Two of the charges were dismissed and the third was reduced to the contributing charge through a plea agreement. A second distribution charge was also dismissed.
Edwards' girlfriend, Kristen Javon Tolliver, who was also living at the Novelty Road residence, was indicted on three counts of child endangerment as a result of the investigation, Deatherage said.
Tolliver, 32, pleaded guilty in August to one felony count of child endangerment and two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Tolliver received a seven-year suspended sentence in October for endangering her three children by allowing drugs in her house. She was placed on intensive probation for 18 months and ordered to be of good behavior for five years.
Tolliver was also ordered to use no illegal drugs, have no association with anyone who uses illegal drugs, be tested for drug use monthly and be evaluated for a drug rehab program.
Edwards was on probation from previous convictions when these crimes were committed, Deatherage said. During Thursday's hearing in circuit court, Alexander also revoked four years of previously suspended time for violating his probation, increasing his active time to serve to 13 years.
Edwards was convicted of rape in August 2003.