WILLIAMSON — Sandra Prater, 67 of Delbarton, who had been a fugitive from justice for several months, pled guilty before Mingo Circuit Judge Miki Thompson, and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Justin Marcum, Tuesday Aug. 25, to charges relating to delivery of a controlled substance.
Prater was arrested in Ohio and was extradited back to West Virginia. A West Virginia State Police (WVSP) investigation identified Prater as the primary financial supporter of a prescription drug trafficking ring in Mingo County, according to Sgt. M.S.Lively.
Prater’s alleged drug activity was discovered during the murder investigation of Roland Stafford of Taylorville.
Prater was indicted by a Mingo County Grand Jury on three counts of conspiracy to delivery of a Scheduled II controlled substance (oxycodone) and four counts of delivery of a Scheduled II controlled substance (oxycodone) during the April 2015 session.
At that time, a warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed to show for an arraignment. Prater’s name had been entered into the National Crime Information Center database by the WVSP.
Sgt. Lively, the Williamson Detachment Commander, said information was obtained concerning Prater’s whereabouts near Columbus Ohio. The U.S Marshal’s service in Franklin County was notified and they arrested Prater on the warrants.
On Aug. 25, Prater appeared in person and by counsel, Jane Moran, and the State of West Virginia, by Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney, Justin. J. Marcum, for a sentencing hearing previously scheduled for this date after Prater entered a guilty plea on Aug. 11 to delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone).
After careful consideration of the presentence investigation report, arguments of counsel, the defendant’s allocution and full record, the Mingo County Circuit Court ordered Prater to be taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail. She will later be transported to a state correctional facility to serve the remainder of her sentence.
The sentence for Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance is an indefinite term of not less than one year and no more than fifteen years.
The defendant shall receive credit for 99 days served at Southwestern Regional Jail and any other jail facility or any hospital of any type while undergoing or awaiting evaluation.
Prater’s request for probation or alternative sentencing is denied.
Prater has been ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $2,877.00.
(Editor Kyle Lovern contributed to this article.)
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)