Woman gets sentence after counterfeit urine fails

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A defendant’s plan to evade the court’s drug-testing procedure while on probation failed when the substitute urine she used for the screening also tested positive for drugs.

Kiana Bri’en Wallace, 24, incarcerated, appeared in Monday’s Belmont County Common Pleas Court before Judge Frank Fregiato. She was given the maximum sentence of 18 months for tampering with evidence on Nov. 6. The charge is a third-degree felony.

The defense asked Fregiato to consider community controls or a sentence less than the maximum.

“I want to apologize to the courts and the probation office,” said Wallace.

“The facts in this case are extremely shocking,” said Fregiato. “Almost too bizzare to believe. When you were first…alleged to have violated this, you stated that ‘There was no way it could be positive’ (your urine test) because you used fake urine. So let me get this straight: to avoid the positive test with your own urine, you used someone else’s urine, which turned out to be positive also. That’s bizzare. That’s absolutely bizzare.”

Fregiato said her behavior could not be tolerated.

“This brings down the whole potential system of drug court, drug testing, everything. It puts in jeopardy everything that we utilize. That’s what you attempted to do,” he said. “This defendant will not make a mockery of drug testing and alcohol testing in this manner.”

In other cases, Brandon Joe Bell, 27, incarcerated, saw his probation revoked after he admitted to curfew violation and consumption of alcohol. His sentence was set for May 7. He originally was convicted of trafficking in drugs on Oct. 23, 2015.

Jerry Robert Fleming, 28, of 4842 Harrison St., Bellaire, was arraigned and pleaded innocent to two counts of trafficking in drugs on June 1, 2016. The charge is a fifth degree felony. His pre-trial was set for May 7, with plea agreement May 21 and trial June 5. His bond was set at $2,500.

Ronald Wayne Hickman II, 23, incarcerated, was terminated from drug court after numerous sanctions. He will be sent before Common Pleas Judge John Vavra for sentencing. He originally was convicted of trafficking in drugs on Jan. 31, 2017. The charge is a fifth degree felony.

Anthony Scott Norman, 22, of 100 Bank St., Morristown, was arraigned and pleaded innocent to theft on Dec. 19. The charge is a fourth degree felony. A plea agreement hearing was set for May 7, with a bond of $50,000 set. Defense said Norman intends to enter a guilty plea.

Danielle Lee Pierson, 26, of 508 North Broadway St., Barnesville, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for possession of drugs on Dec. 23, 2016. The charge is a fifth degree felony.

Last week, Ryan Anthony Mancuso, 40, of St. Clairsville, appeared before Vavra and was sentenced to the maximum of 18 months in prison for pandering obscenity involving a minor on July 7. The charge is a fourth degree felony. According to the prosecutor’s office, the material was found on Mancuso’s computer.

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