Two plead guilty to meth charges
Two defendants pleaded guilty in Tyler County Circuit Court Monday to charges related to methamphetamine.
Tracy A. Keller, 46, of Middlebourne appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court before Judge David W. Hummel Jr. on Monday. Keller, alongside her attorney Jessica Myers, was scheduled for a motion hearing but Myers told the court a plea agreement had been reached in the case. She said her client has agreed to plead guilty to count one of her two count indictment charging her with conspiracy to commit an offense against the state by manufacturing methamphetamine. The other charge of possession would be dismissed.
Keller, upon questioning from the court, said she has a bachelor’s degree from WVU in psychology. She said she has been seeking treatment from the Wheeling drug treatment center. It was noted she has had no prior felonies. The agreement calls for her to complete drug court and, if successful, her felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Judge Hummel asked Keller how old she was and she answered 46. “When are you going to grow up?,” asked Hummel. “Today,” she answered.
Keller, told the court she bought Sudafed for Ben Davis and John Vancamp, knowing they would use it to manufacture methamphetamine.
She said that in exchange for the Sudafed they would give her meth, adding that sometimes she would buy it.
Judge Hummel sentenced Keller according to the plea agreement: one to five years in prison which would be suspended and she would be placed on probation and entered into drug court. Hummel told her she would now be a convicted felon.
She was ordered to pay the cost of her prosecution along with court appointed attorney fees. She was ordered to contact Jennifer Call at drug court by noon Monday to set up an appointment.
Gary L. Willey II, 33, of 145 Dry Run Road, Sistersville, again appeared in court before Judge Hummel. Willey had previously been in court on Feb. 9 and a trial date in his case had been set by Judge Hummel for Feb. 24.
At Monday’s status hearing it was learned that Willey had decided to enter into a plea agreement with the state. Willey was charged by the October 2014 grand jury with five felony counts of illegal drug activity involving the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine. Those charges were a result of an investigation by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Monroe County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office. The offenses allegedly occurred in Tyler County between May 26 and July 27, 2014.
Willey had previously pleaded innocent to the charges on Oct. 29, 2014. As per the terms of the plea arrangement, Willey agreed to withdraw his previous plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty to two felony counts of his five-count indictment. After a series of questions from Judge Hummel. Willey went into detail as to how he manufactured meth and talked of his sale and use of the drug. According to his own testimony he had been manufacturing methamphetamine for over six years. He also told of the shaking and baking of meth and how he used the Sudafed, lithium batteries, and bottles.
He said he used meth because it gave a speed effect and his habit was about a $500-a-day habit, so manufacturing was his way of getting it. He also said he was very good at making it and everything he knew he learned from the internet.
Judge Hummel, asked Willey about his education and he said he had two years of college.
Willey’s residence was searched on July 27, 2014, after an audio and video had been taken of Willey by an informant from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. It showed he had delivered meth and sold it in Ohio as well.
During the search of his residence some evidence was also discovered relating to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Judge Hummel accepted the plea agreement and the guilty pleas of Willey on count two of the indictment charing him with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and count four manufacturing a controlled substance. The remainder of his charges were dismissed with prejudice.
Hummel set a return date for sentencing of March 19. He told Willey he would receive credit for time served and would be given an opportunity at the hearing to tell the court anything he wished relating to the case.