Lewis faces new charges, enters into plea agreement with state

TAYLOR COUNTY—After having her sentence reinstated in April, on local defendant was back in Taylor County Circuit Court to face new charges.

Priscilla Ann Lewis was back in court, with her counsel Gabrielle Flanagan, after agreeing to enter into a negotiated plea agreement with the State of West Virginia.

The defendant agreed to plead guilty to possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear. As part of the deal, Lewis’s sentences would be served consecutively.

Lewis had been indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury during their March 2021 term for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. After entering a guilty plea, she was permitted to serve her sentence under the watchful eye of the Community Corrections program.

In June 2021, Lewis attended an in-patient drug treatment program, which she successfully completed. However, once transferred to the Act Unit, the defendant had some issues and was released from the program.

Lewis was then accepted into the Waves Treatment Program, but in August 2021, the court learned that she had been discharged from the facility.

A capias was issued for her arrest that same month, and she was finally picked up in late February.

During her April hearing, Lewis and Flanagan asked the court to consider allowing her back onto the Community Corrections program to address her drug dependency, however, the state expressed concerns due to her continued issues while previously on the program.

Nines ordered that due to the defendant’s inability to attend and complete substance abuse treatment programs, her bond was revoked, and her underlying sentence was reinstated.

Because of her actions, Lewis was charged with additional infractions, and admitting guilt, was sentenced in court recently.

On the lesser included charge of possession of a controlled substance, she was sentenced to a period of six months. Additionally, for her failure to appear charge, Lewis was sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years, and the sentences were ordered to be served consecutively.


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