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Man finds sobriety, has charges dismissed

December 2, 2018

IRONTON - A drug abuser for a quarter-century has been able to turn away from drugs and successfully went drug- and alcohol-free for a year, a move that allowed him to have drug charges against him dismissed in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Wade Thornsberry, 47, of Saddle Drive, Russell, Kentucky, is among a number of people who have been sentenced to treatment in lieu of conviction in a drug case and seen a positive outcome in his life.

“I had used for 25 years,” Thornsberry told Judge Charles “Chuck” Cooper on Wednesday. “I expected to die out on the streets.”

Instead he used the past year to get treatment and be drug- and alcohol-free.

“This year changed my mind,” he said.

“You are the success story we hope to find,” Cooper told Thornsberry.

In an unrelated case, Rhonda G. Greenhill, 42, of Grayson, Kentucky, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to nine months in prison. She also was given credit for time already served.

In other cases:

n Heather M. Christian, 30, of the 2500 block of South 3rd Street, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to six months in jail.

n William A. Howell, 43, of the 2000 block of South 7th Street, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

n Jacob Spencer, 24, of the 100 block of 2nd Avenue, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, possession of drug abuse instruments, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered to complete up to a six-month program at the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.

n Steven Fletcher, 29, of the 2000 block of Little Solida Road, South Point, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. Final sentencing was set for Dec. 26.

n Breanna Boggess, 30, of the 1700 block of South 4th Street, Ironton, pleaded innocent to a charge of burglary. Bond was set at $50,000.

n Shawn D. Ferguson, 25, of County Road 2, Chesapeake, pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of meth and possession of drug abuse instruments. A $10,000 signature bond was set in the case.

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