Pomeroy woman sentenced to six years in prison

By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com

POMEROY — A Pomeroy woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in multiple criminal cases.

Sarah A. Blankenship of Pomeroy pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of possession of heroin in four separate criminal cases which she was indicted on in 2016. The charges stem from alleged activity in 2014 and 2015 which was investigated by the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission’s Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs.

She pleaded guilty to a total of five counts of possession of heroin, all fifth-degree felonies, and was sentenced to one year in prison on each count to be served consecutive to one another. In pleading guilty to the charges, additional counts against her in three of the four cases were dismissed.

In addition, she was sentenced to one year in prison after having violated her community control on a 2010 case in which she was charged with non-support of dependents.

It was while she was on community control that the other offenses to which she pleaded guilty occurred.

Blankenship was among those arrested in July during an operation and warrant round-up by the Task Force following the return of 43 drug related indictments in both Gallia and Meigs counties.

Her six year prison sentence from Meigs County Common Pleas Court is to run concurrent to an 18 month prison sentence out of Gallia County, according to Assistant Meigs County Prosecutor Jeremy Fisher.

By Sarah Hawley


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