TAYLOR COUNTY—It was a rather short day in Taylor County Circuit Court on Monday, as Prosecutor John Bord presented a total of six cases to the honorable Judge Alan D. Moats.
During the session, one defendant was present to enter a negotiated plea agreement with the State of West Virginia.
Shenika Collins, 41, agreed to plead guilty to the transport of a controlled substance onto the grounds of a correctional facility, a crime that could see her spending the next two-to-ten years in prison, a possible fine of $1,000-$5,000 or at the discretion of the court, one year in a regional jail and a fine of not more than $500.
The state recommended that her sentence mirror that of a sentence recently handed down by in a case heard in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and that it be served concurrently with that sentence.
It was reported that on November 12, 2019, an order was entered that Collins would serve five years on supervised probation for distribution of marijuana, after she sold the drug to a confidential informant in Kanawha County, on more than one occasion.
According to Moats, in November 2018, while visiting her boyfriend at Pruntytown Correctional Facility, Collins was arrested when the guards found fentanyl in her coat.
Collins’ council, Tim Carrico, other than these two recent matters, his client had only two other minor infractions in her past that had been dismissed. He noted that she had also kept a full-time job until just recently.
“As you can see, my client is pregnant, and is due for a C-section on December 20, due to complications with her pregnancy,” Carrico told the court. “Ms. Collins was not abusing but assisting, and based on her criminal background, her work history and her cooperation in her federal case, we are asking that her sentence be carried out to the recommendation of the state.”
When questioned why she brought such a dangerous and deadly drug into the facility, Collins hesitated to answer, in what Moats called an evasive attitude.
“You’ve already entered a guilty plea, you have no reason to be anything other than honest at this point,” Moats urged. “This drug is 100 times more powerful than morphine. I want to know why you were bringing it into a facility that has had major issues with drugs, resulting in some 50 overdoses last year.”
Collins finally revealed that she was asked to bring the drug to the facility.
It was ordered that she would serve 2-10 years, that sentence would be suspended and she would be placed on five years of supervised probation to be served concurrently with her federal sentence.