POMEROY, Ohio – A Rutland woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating community control.

According to Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley on December 10, 2018, Kayla King, 27, of Rutland, Ohio was sentenced to 18 months in prison for a community control violation. 

On July 13, 2015, King was sentenced to five years of community control for a conviction of Attempted Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for Manufacture of Methamphetamine, a felony of the fourth degree.  King violated the terms of community control by failing to report to her probation officer since July 2018 and by failing a drug screen administered on November 23, 2018.  King tested positive for amphetamine, buprenorphine, norfentanyl, ecstasy, methamphetamine, morphine, and 6-acetylmorphine.  Upon finding that King violated the terms of community control, Meigs County Court of Common Pleas Judge I. Carson Crow terminated community control and sentenced King to the maximum of 18 months in prison.

“Under Ohio sentencing guidelines, defendants convicted of felonies of the fourth or fifth degree must be placed on community control unless certain factors are present that permit a trial court to send that defendant to prison,” Stanley said.  “Community control is a second chance for defendants to get clean and to reclaim their lives.  Some people take advantage of that opportunity, but unfortunately a large percentage of probationers can’t follow the rules and end up in prison.”