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Drug charges net prison time

Monday, July 22, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Vinton woman was sentenced last week in Franklin County Circuit Court to 11 years in prison for distribution of Oxocodone and Buprenorphine, both of which are controlled drugs.

Robin Ann Steele, 30, however, will serve a sentence of two years and five months.

Steele was sentenced to six years for the distribution of Oxycodone and five years for distribution of Buprenorphine.

Three years and seven months was suspended on the Oxycodone distribution charge and all of the time was suspended on the Buprenorphine charge.

Steele pleaded guilty to distribution of Buprenorphine on March 1, 2012, through a controlled buy organized by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Steele sold five of the pills for $105 during the controlled buy.

That buy occurred outside a convenience store in Boones Mill.

On Aug. 28, 2012, Steele also sold nine Oxocodone pills for $150 during a controlled buy outside a restaurant in Boones Mill.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dwight Rudd said a plea agreement had called for Steele to receive up to a maximum sentence of 10 years on the Buprenorphine distribution charge and up to a maximum sentence of 40 years on the distribution of Oxocodone charge.

However, the agreement called for the sentences to be served concurrently.

That means Steele could not have received more than a maximum sentence of 40 years.

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