LIMA — A 60-year-old Tennessee woman with a lengthy criminal background and a history of drug abuse was sentenced Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to five years in prison.
Sharon Holmes, of Stanton, Tennessee, cried in court as she explained to Judge David Cheney that her most recent battle with drugs began following a traffic accident that resulted in her family doctor prescribing prescription pain-killers.
Holmes said she became addicted to the opioids “because I just couldn’t help myself; I was hurting so bad I just couldn’t stand it.”
Holmes reportedly traveled from her home in Tennessee to the residence of a family member in Detroit to get illegally obtained painkillers after her prescription was exhausted.
Holmes was indicted in July 2017 on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, all second-degree felonies.
The charges stemmed from a March 6, 2017, traffic stop in Allen County during which law enforcement officers found a small amount of marijuana in her vehicle. An expanded search of the vehicle revealed a prescription pill bottle with Holmes’ name on it that contained an unspecified amount of illegally obtained pills.
In July, Holmes entered a plea of no contest to the aggravated trafficking charge of drugs — Pentylone — in a negotiated deal with prosecutors that resulted in the state’s dismissal of the remaining charges.
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Holmes’ attorney said his client got pills “in a way she shouldn’t have.” But Attorney Kenneth Rexford said Holmes has completed drug rehab and is “clean and sober for the first time in a long time.”
Holmes apologized to the court and to two of her children who were in court Thursday prior to sentencing.
Cheney said state law required a mandatory prison sentence for Holmes. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Miller asked Cheney to impose a six-year sentence. The judge settled for five years and a $7,500 fine.