Jail term handed down in prescription drug case

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Petersburg woman was sentenced to a jail term last week on drug charges after entering an open plea of guilty to the charges as filed.

Victoria Lynn "Tori" Coyle, 34, was indicted by the grand jury in June. The eight-count indictment relates to conspiracy to sell and/or deliver, and sale and delivery of Lortabs, a Schedule III controlled substance, to an agent of the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force on two dates in February. Coyle was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler sentenced Coyle to serve two years and six months on each of the drug sale counts, to run concurrently, plus 11 months 29 days in the county jail on the possession charge, consecutive to "any unexpired sentence." The conspiracy and delivery charges were merged with the sale counts and the paraphernalia charge was dismissed. Coyle was also ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.

As a "standard" offender, Coyle must serve 30 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole. She had a pre-trial jail credit of 86 days when Crigler sentenced her, so Coyle could be free in about 18 months.

A confidential informant set up the deal with Coyle and another person, and 17th JDTF assistant director Tim Miller bought 30 pills of 7.5 mg Lortabs for $120 from Coyle and her co-defendant on Feb. 26. Miller bought more Lortabs the next day, and it was on this occasion he witnessed Coyle and another man using methamphetamine, according to documents in the case file. The co-defendant is not named because his case is still pending.

"It was obvious during the conversation with (the co-defendant) and Tori that Tori was the one who brought the pills," Miller wrote in his report.

"I had never sold any kind of drug before, nor will I ever do so again," Coyle told Crystal Gray of the Board of Probation and Parole for her pre-sentence report. "I am very remorseful for what I have done."

Coyle was represented by appointed attorney Jheri Beth Rich.