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Woman Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges in Drug Possession Case

The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse. (Staff Photo)
The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse. (Staff Photo)

A Richmond woman recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana as part of an agreement that had her cooperate in a federal case against the man who was arrested with her last May.

Sarah Anne King was charged with felony possession with intent to distribute and felony possession of a Schedule I or II drug after she and Michael Brent Newman were discovered to have marihuana, cash, packaging materials and another controlled substance in their car at a James City County gas station.

The pair were sitting in a parked car at the Shell gas station on Barhamsville Road around 1 a.m. May 10 when an officer approached the car, smelled marijuana and conducted a search.

In addition to finding about one pound of marijuana, according to a police report, the officer also found various containers, scales, $3,000 in cash and ethylone, another schedule I drug.

When King appeared before a judge in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court on Jan. 21 she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that involved her cooperation in the federal cast against Newman, who pleaded guilty in October in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute as well as distribution of ethylone and marijuana.

As part of his plea agreement, he admitted he was responsible for distributing a converted drug weight of more than 80 kilograms but less than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

King will reappear in W-JCC Circuit Court on Jan. 18, 2017, at which time the charge against her will be dismissed if she remains out of trouble.

Newman is scheduled for sentencing at 11 a.m. Feb. 25 in Norfolk.

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