A Gallia County woman who was found guilty by a jury of manufacturing methamphetamine following a two-day trial earlier this month, was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years of imprisonment in the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
Mary C. Marcum, 33, Gallipolis, was found guilty of a first-degree-felony charge of the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine — an offense committed in the vicinity of juveniles — after a jury deliberated for about two hours on June 12 following nearly two days of testimony.
This matter was later continued for sentencing, and, during Tuesday’s hearing, Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans handed down a 10-year sentence in this case.
Following the hearing, Gallia County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Britt Wiseman, who represented the State of Ohio in this case, stated that the verdict in this case was the direct result of the continued cooperation between his office and the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.
“This case was made possible by the hard work of the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office and the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office working together,” Wiseman said. “We take these meth labs seriously, especially when there are found near children. We are dedicated to cleaning up these illegal operations around the county because the residents of Gallia County deserve it.”
Marcum was arrested along with Aaron Fitzpatrick, 19, during the early morning hours of January 31 by deputies with the sheriff’s office at Marcum’s residence located at 1962 Georges Creek Road.
Deputies had reportedly responded to the home to investigate a citizen tip concerning the possibility of methamphetamine being produced in the home.
After being given permission to search the home by Marcum, deputies reportedly discovered three “one-pot” type containers used in the production of methamphetamine in a trash bag located on the front port of the residence. The bag was reportedly located approximately 15-20 feet from where two children, ages 11 and nine years, were sleeping, according to the police report filed in this case.
Also discovered at the home were several “precursor” ingredients commonly used in the production of the drug, including sulfuric acid, sodium chloride, lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine.
Marcum and Fitzpatrick were both later indicted on charges of illegally manufacturing methamphetamine and pleaded not guilty to the charge in their respective arraignment hearings in the common pleas court earlier this year.
Fitzpatrick, who posted a $10,000, 10 percent bond for his release in March, failed to appear for his scheduled jury trial on May 28 in the common pleas courtroom. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Marcum, who posted a $5,000, 10 percent bond for her release from the Gallia County Jail in February, maintained her innocence throughout legal proceedings in this case and subsequently appeared for the aforementioned jury trial on June 10.
During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Marcum was further ordered to pay a mandatory fine of $10,000, was given credit for 17 days served, including future custody days awaiting transportation to a state prison facility, and will be subject to a mandatory period of five years of post-release control following her release from prison.
Marcum was remanded to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office while she awaits transportation to the proper state prison facility.
By Amber Gillenwater - Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Ohio (MCT)
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