By Karen Hall
Against her attorney's advice, a Mt. Pleasant woman pled guilty last week to a variety of drug charges.
Cindy Marie Angus, 36, had been in jail since Aug. 1, but is now free on nine-and-a-half years' probation.
Angus "insisted on doing it" against counsel's advice, Public Defender Donna Hargrove said in court to make a record of t decision.
On the positive side, Angus got out of jail, but on the negative side, she is now on probation for a long time.
Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler reminded Angus that "fines and costs are part of the punishment." Her fines total $6,000.
On probation, Angus will have to visit her probation officer regularly, make the agreed payments, pass random drug screens, and not be arrested on any new charges. Failure to comply with any of these conditions could put her in prison to serve her sentence.
Angus sold Lortabs and Valium to a confidential informant working for the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force in March and April. A document in her case file describes how 17th JDTF Agent Travis Childers met Angus at the Lewisburg Police Department on June 8, when she was there on another matter.
"I told Miss Angus we had been conducting an investigation into the illegal distribution of prescription medication and that she had been selling pills," Childers wrote. "Before I could go further, Miss Angus said, 'Hell yeah, I been selling the ... out of pills,'" and went on to admit "she was selling people's pills all the time."
Also pleading guilty at the last Circuit Court of September were:
* Duane A. Mathena, 31, Gold Road. Possession with intent to sell cocaine and marijuana. Mathena was fined a total of $4,000 and placed on Community Corrections - a very strict form of probation - for nine years. He was represented by Fayetteville-based attorney Ray Fraley Jr. According to documents in the case file, Mathena's car was stopped on the Lewisburg square on April 23, 2010, by Tim Miller, assistant director of the 17th JDDTF. A search of Mathena's person revealed cocaine, Lortabs, Xanax, and over an ounce of marijuana. Five pounds of marijuana were found in the trunk of the car, and another pound was at the house Mathena shared with Evelyn Sorrells, 34, who was in the car with him at the time of the stop.
Sorrells was indicted on a charge of criminal responsibility for the facilitation of a felony. According to a Memorandum of Understanding between her attorney David McKenzie and the District Attorney's office, prosecution of Sorrells has been suspended for two years. She is to be on supervised probation for that length of time, and if she violates probation, the criminal prosecution can be reinstated.
* Troy Michael Hall, 33, Nashville Highway. Failure to register within 48 hours of release from incarceration, as required by the sex offender law. Hall was sentenced to one year and eight months at 30 percent. Hall had 75 days jail credit. The conviction that put Hall on the Sex Offender Registry was a statutory rape in 1997
* Ashley Stewart, 22, Rogers Road. Possession of marijuana for resale, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Represented by John H. Norton III of Shelbyville, Stewart was eligible for post-plea diversion. If she successfully completes six years of supervised probation, she can apply to have her record expunged.