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County man given suspended jail term

Steven Coleman

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man already on probation for drug possession charges has received more suspended jail time for additional crimes.

Judge Burke McCahill sentenced Steven Wayne Coleman in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison on each of two counts of possession of a controlled substance. The judge suspended the consecutive terms in their entirety and ordered Coleman to complete two years of supervised probation through the Community Corrections Alternative Program.

An agreement reached between the commonwealth’s attorney and public defender Peter McDermott called for Coleman to plead guilty to the two charges. In exchange for Coleman’s guilty pleas, the commonwealth asked the court to dismiss the defendant’s remaining five counts of possession of a controlled substance. The court accepted the plea agreement at Coleman’s July 18 appearance.

Coleman had been on supervised probation when he committed the two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Coleman admitted he violated the terms of his probation. The judge revoked the previously suspended sentence on the earlier convictions and then re-suspended the term.

A grand jury indicted Coleman on June 13 on the seven counts of drug possession. Authorities accused Coleman of possessing drugs on Dec. 12. Other details about the case were not available in the court files.

Coleman pleaded guilty Sept. 13, 2017, to two drug possession charges stemming from crimes committed Jan. 15, 2017. Coleman committed the seven new offenses while free on bond awaiting sentencing on the two Jan. 15 charges, court records show.

A criminal complaint filed in the Jan. 15 case states that Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office Deputy H.A. Painter stopped Coleman for a highway sign violation. The deputy issued Coleman a summons to appear in court but then states he noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy states he found in the vehicle two smoking devices containing burnt residue, a bag with white powder, a brown powder and five pills. The deputy also discovered another smoking device and blotter paper suspected of containing LSD. The white powder later tested positive for methamphetamine and the brown powder tested positive for  heroin. The pills were identified as Alprazolam, Oxycodone, Methylphenidate and another unknown substance. A clear bag found in the vehicle contained marijuana.

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