Guilty plea on drug charges
A woman who was arrested earlier this month on drug dealing charges while out on bail awaiting sentencing in a prior drug dealing charges pleaded guilty and was sentenced in both cases on Wednesday. Sharon Pamela Kay Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in the 2016 case to a Level 4 felony count of dealing methamphetamine and to a lesser included Level 4 felony count of dealing methamphetamine following her March 3 arrest after police served a search warrant at her home near Deputy. Jefferson Circuit Judge Darrell Auxier sentenced Johnson to a total of 12 years in prison with two years suspended to community corrections. She received six years in prison, fully executed, for the 2016 case consecutive - or following one after the other - to six years in prison with two years suspended to supervised probation with Jefferson County Community Corrections for the 2017 case. As part of the guilty plea agreement, all remaining criminal counts from the 2016 drug dealing case, March’s drug dealing case and another case earlier this year involving a crash where Johnson was found to be driving while suspended were dismissed. Charges in both drug dealing cases from last year and earlier this month stemmed from narcotics investigations by local police where confidential informants purchased methamphetamine from Johnson during controlled buys. During her arrest earlier this month, Sheriff John Wallace called Johnson a “substantial and persistent methamphetamine dealer” in Deputy, as well as the surrounding area. The Court recommended Johnson’s incarceration be served in a minimum-security facility with purposeful incarceration, court records stated. Johnson also was ordered to pay fines and fees $683 in each case.