The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Kristen Javon Tolliver
Monday, October 28, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Penhook woman received a seven-year suspended sentence Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court for endangering her three children by allowing drugs in her house.
Kristen Javon Tolliver, 32, pleaded guilty in August to one felony charge of child endangerment and two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Tolliver was placed on intensive probation for 18 months and ordered to be of good behavior for five years.
Judge W.N. Alexander II also ordered Tolliver to use no illegal drugs, have no association with anyone who used illegal drugs, be tested for drug use monthly and be evaluated for a drug rehab program.
"The first time you test positive for illegal drug use, you're going to jail," the judge told Tolliver. "You need to be careful with whom you associate."
"People need to understand that allowing drugs in your home when children are present is child endangerment (a felony), which will result in criminal charges and social services intervention," said prosecutor Patrick Nix. "Even if the drugs are not yours, it can dramatically affect you and your children."
After investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office allegedly purchased drugs from Tolliver's live-in boyfriend in April, a search warrant was executed at her residence on Novelty Road, Nix said.
Inside her bedroom, investigators found 33 packets of heroin, laying on the television console in plain view, Nix said.
Three children were in the home at the time of the search, Nix said, which led to the three felony charges of child endangerment.
Through a plea agreement in which Tolliver agreed to testify against her boyfriend, two of the three felony charges were reduced to the misdemeanor contributing charges, Nix said.
Tolliver's boyfriend, Travis Devon Edwards, 29, of Penhook, pleaded guilty last week in Franklin County Circuit Court to one charge of heroin distribution, one charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child and one charge of failure to reregister as a sex offender.
He faces up to 46 years in prison. A sentencing hearing for Edwards is set for Dec. 19 at 3:15 p.m. in circuit court.