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    Jessica Edwards, 31, Sent to Prison for Drugs

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    On June 8, 2015, Jessica Edwards, 31, of Rolla, Missouri was sentenced to 14 years in the Department of Corrections. The case was prosecuted by Phelps County Senior Assistant John Garrabrant and Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Chlysta.

    In an earlier hearing the Defendant admitted to the Court that she had violated her existing probation for Possession of Methamphetamine, by committing the new law offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. At the revocation hearing, Judge William E. Hickle granted the State’s Motion to Revoke and ordered the defendant to serve seven years in prison.

    Subsequently, Jessica Edwards entered a plea of guilty to the class B felony of Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute. Mr. Chlysta offered a factual basis for the Court describing items seized during the execution of a search warrant on Edwards’ residence by the Missouri South Central Drug Task Force. Additionally, the results of a Missouri State Highway Patrol Criminal Laboratory report were presented showing that the defendant was in possession of forty two (42) separate plastic baggies packaged for distribution all containing Heroin. Edwards was sentenced to seven additional years in the Department of Corrections for that crime.

    Reached for comment, Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox expressed his satisfaction with the result. “My office takes the distribution of Heroin in our community very seriously, and hopefully this type of lengthy sentence will make other criminals think twice before selling this poison to our friends and families.”


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