BUCKHANNON — A local woman learned Wednesday morning she will get the opportunity to participate in Drug Court rather than serving her sentence in prison.
Hannah Jordin McCartney, age 32, accepted a plea agreement in December that reduced her conviction to one lesser included offense of possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and dismissed the other count as contained in the indictment.
McCartney appeared via teleconference from Tygart Valley Regional Jail for her sentencing hearing with Judge Kurt Hall on April 14. After reviewing her pre-sentence investigation, Judge Hall acknowledged McCartney’s application to participate in the Drug Court program. He explained that participants must enter the program from some type of treatment program or a significant period of incarceration, and that McCartney was not yet eligible to begin the program as she had only served a little over a month in jail since being arrested on a capias last month.
McCartney and her attorney, Jamella Lockwood, expressed their desire to proceed with the application to Drug Court and asked the Court for alternative sentencing in the matter. Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Hinkle concurred and did not object to her acceptance for the program.
Judge Hall accordingly sentenced McCartney to not less than 2 years, nor more than 10 years in the penitentiary, then suspended that sentence and granted alternative sentencing. McCartney will be required to serve 120 days at TVRJ, with credit given for the approximate month she has already served. Upon release from jail, she will be admitted to probation and the Drug Court program. If she does not successfully complete Drug Court, McCartney’s probation will be revoked and she will serve out the remainder of her sentence in prison.