Mandatory sentences handed down in drug cases

STEUBENVILLE — Three people were given mandatory prison sentences on Wednesday in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court in separate drug cases.

Keiland D. Williams, 31, of Steubenville was sentenced by Judge Michelle Miller to seven years in prison after Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of heroin trafficking and single counts of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.

The county drug task force conducted undercover buys of heroin from Williams on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.

A house on Brady Avenue was raided on Dec. 6. The drug task force seized a large amount of cocaine and heroin, $17,887 in cash, a 2007 BMW vehicle and a handgun.

The prosecutor’s office dismissed two additional charges against Williams — having a weapon under disability after a drug conviction in Cook County, Ill., and possession of ecstasy.

Williams faced a maximum of 21 years in prison.

Miller made five of the seven years in prison mandatory. She also ordered the cash, vehicle and handgun forfeited to the drug task force.

Rebecca L. Burnworth, 28, of Yorkville was sentenced by Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to a mandatory of four years in prison after she entered a guilty plea to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals in the manufacture of methamphetamine, illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine and four counts of child endangerment.

A co-defendant, James R. Ring, 35, of Yorkville, also was sentenced by Bruzzese to a mandatory four years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drugs.

Burnworth and Ring were making methamphetamine in an apartment on Garden Avenue in Yorkville in November with Burnworth’s four children inside.


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