Front Royal man pleads guilty to prison drug delivery

FRONT ROYAL — A local man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to being involved in a plot to deliver drugs to a prisoner in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

The grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday indicted Joshua Allen Cook, 27, on a charge that stems from a January incident when jail officers noticed a suspicious photo depicting a horse on the beach while checking the mail. Between the two sides of the photo was a strip of Suboxone, and an investigation led to charges against four individuals involved in the plot, including Cook.

Cook is already serving a sentence on an unlawful wounding charge he pleaded guilty to late in May from a November 2016 stabbing incident. The plea agreement in the prison drug delivery case calls for a two-year suspended sentence to be added to the three-year sentence he is serving, most of which is also suspended. Cook must also complete two years of supervised probation that will run concurrently with the probation on the unlawful wounding charge.

One of  three other defendants in the case, Holly Sue Sine, was also indicted on Monday. Her next court date is set for Aug. 7. The other two defendants, Eric Wayne Nesbitt and Jennifer Lynn Mauck, have hearings scheduled on July 11 in Warren County General District Court.