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A 20-year-old man convicted of selling LSD to his classmates was rewarded Wednesday for his honesty to police and his concern for one student who had a bad reaction to the drug by getting no active jail time.
A judge sentenced Samuel Vaughan Marshall — who purchased nearly 40 pieces of the narcotic in Charlottesville and sold it for the same price to students on the campus of the College of William & Mary — to five years in prison with all that time suspended for a felony charge of distributing a schedule I or II drug as an accommodation.
His attorney Pat Kelley said Marshall was trying to join a fraternity at the college during his freshman year and went home to Charlottesville to buy the drug and bring it back for other football players, soccer players and members of a fraternity to consume in February 2014.
One of the soccer players who took the drug had a bad reaction and was taken to the hospital. When campus police discovered the student and talked to witnesses, they were led to Marshall.
Marshall, who has no prior criminal record, confessed to distributing the drug and gave officers the names of all the students who bought the LSD from him because he was concerned others might be in danger.
“He should be given credit for that,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green.
Police also discovered cocaine and a smoking device in Marshall’s dorm room.
Marshall was originally charged with eight counts of distributing a controlled substance, eight counts of selling drugs near a school or library, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of marijuana.
All but one count of distributing, one count of selling on school property and one count of possession was dropped at a preliminary hearing in September 2014.
The drug manufacturing charge and the possession of drugs on school property charge were dropped at Marshall’s plea hearing in January, when the last felony charge was amended to distributing as an accommodation.
Kelley, Marshall’s attorney, asked Judge Michael McGinty to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor on Wednesday or continue the case for a year, but McGinty denied his request, saying Marshall was fortunate the situation was not worse.
Kelley said Marshall was suspended from W&M and has re-enrolled in another college.