Wilmington woman takes jail over STAR Relapse Program

By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com



WILMINGTON — After multiple violations of community control rules, a local woman will serve the remainder of a nine-month prison term.

Credit was given for 227 days that Felicia D. Maxwell, 25, of Wilmington, had already spent in custody. Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck stated at the hearing he will allow the remaining 43 days of Maxwell’s term to be served locally in the Clinton County Jail rather than in state prison.

Maxwell was evaluated as being suited for admission into the STAR Community Justice Center’s Relapse Program and a bed was to become available this week. But she declined the chance to take part and requested incarceration, according to a court paper.

The case stems from a September 2015 incident where Maxwell offered to sell a drug that’s not a controlled substance to an undercover law enforcement agent. However, she represented the drug as Percocet — which is a controlled substance, stated a court paper. She was convicted of drug trafficking in the case and placed on community controls.

While on her community control sanctions, she tested positive in October 2016 for meth, marijuana and cocaine when she was 7½ months pregnant with twins. She admitted to smoking meth and marijuana, and acknowledged the meth could have been “cut” with cocaine, according to a court paper.

She would spend time at her mother’s residence on house arrest. Maxwell gave birth to two baby girls in mid-November 2016.

Later, after completing all aspects of a STAR program, she did not report to her outpatient treatment programming, according to court papers. Her term of community control sanctions were revoked Dec. 14, 2017, in favor of her serving the remainder of the nine-month prison term.

At two other recent sentencing hearings:

• Austin R. Greene, 23, of Leesburg, had his term of community controls revoked and a 12-month term of incarceration pronounced. The original conviction was for failing to comply with an order or signal of a police officer in Clinton County. He received time credit for 287 days already spent in custody on the case.

• Whitney N. Andrew, 29, of Portsmouth, received a suspended six-month jail term, with time credit for four days already served in jail in the case. He was convicted of possessing drugs in Clinton County. Andrew was put on community controls for one year.

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By Gary Huffenberger