TAYLOR COUNTY—After finding herself in trouble with the law, one local woman entered into a negotiated plea agreement with the state of West Virginia.
Sarah Michelle Quinn, 36, of Grafton, was back before Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats last week in an attempt to bring closure to her case.
During the hearing, Thomas Dyer, on behalf of his client, presented to the court a negotiated plea agreement, that stated in return of Quinn’s guilty plea to conspiracy to commit a felony, the state would allow her one-to-five-year sentence to be served concurrently to another she is already serving, and that its effective date would be September 9, 2019.
In addition, the Prosecutor John Bord said that the state would recommend that she be placed on probation for one year.
“If she violates the terms of that probation, she would be subject to 28 months, her maximum sentence,” he disclosed.
He explained that Quinn had already earned 16 months of credit for her time previously served on the charge. Therefore because of the good time earned, should she get in trouble, she would only have to serve an additional 14 months.
As part of the deal, the defendant agreed to forfeit all items that had been seized by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, which included scales, baggies, a ski mask, bolt cutters and money.
According to Quinn’s own testimony, she was charged with conspiracy after being arrested while her boyfriend, Tommy Glenn Rushing, was allegedly selling drugs in August 2019.
When asked what made her guilty of the crime, Quinn admitted, “I was present when the drug transaction was taking place, and I knew that it is what was going on.”
Because she had acknowledged fault, Moats ordered that he accepted the plea deal, and that the defendant was sentenced to one-to-five years in prison.
“That sentence is being suspended, and I am placing you on one year of probation,” Moats declared. “Furthermore, the effective date of your one-to-five-year term will be September 9, 2019, and you will receive credit for all time served.”
44-year-old Rushing, of Grafton, was also back before Moats virtually via Teams for a bond revocation hearing after his continued failure to adhere to the stipulations of the agreement.
After being charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver—methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit a felony, he was placed on supervised bond through the Taylor County Community Corrections program.
After having his bond revoked and serving additional time behind bars, Rushing was permitted back onto the program, but Director Tammy Narog submitted a report that stated that the defendant continued to use drugs, despite his orders not to.
Because of his noncompliance, his bond was once again revoked, and a capias was issued for his arrest. He was apprehended by law enforcement officials on December 19 and placed in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail to await a hearing in the matter.
“It is clear that Mr. Rushing needs to address his drug addiction,” expressed Defense Attorney Greg Michael. “Tommy is ready to plea to the charges he is facing in this matter, so that he can begin taking the steps to move on from all this.”
Bord revealed to the court that the state was also ready to move forward in the case but could not address a plea deal that day.
“We cannot have a plea hearing over Teams,” he explained. “Mr. Rushing will have to appear in person to address that.”
Moats, noting that both sides were ready to proceed in the solution of the matter, ordered that his hearing would be continued until the next available court date so that he could attend in person.
“However, if you can get admitted into a drug rehabilitation center in the meantime, I will consider your release into the program,” he added.