Prison for Plain City pill peddler


By Erin Thompson - ethompson@civitasmedia.com



A Plain City woman will spend the next nine months behind bars for selling prescription pills on two separate occasions.

Kendra Jordan, 33, was sentenced in Madison County Common Pleas Court Tuesday. She pleaded guilty in December to two counts aggravated trafficking in drugs, third- and fourth-degree felonies.

According to the indictment, Jordan sold Hydrocodone on Oct. 13 and Oxycodone on Nov. 25. She acted as the middle man between a seller and dealer, according to text messages referenced by Judge Eamon Costello.

Before sentencing, Jordan’s father and husband asked the judge to spare her from prison.

Her husband said Jordan was supporting a drug habit, but had been clean since April. The informant who Jordan helped get the prescription pills had been a family friend for 15 years, he added.

Costello said every single heroin addict that he has seen in court started on the same types of pills Jordan was peddling.

“That’s something I can’t ignore because of the massive effect its had on our community,” the judge added.

Jordan was sentenced to two nine-month prison sentences, to be served concurrently.

Also in court Tuesday:

• Leanna Brooks, 29, of Bellefontaine, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree felonious theft.

Brooks was employed at Bluebird Retirement Community in London when one resident noticed his cash was coming up missing, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins.

A “sting” was designed to catch the thief — the resident left cash in his wallet in his dresser and cameras were set up to film the perpetrator in the act.

Brooks was busted. An estimated $700 was stolen over a period of time, according to Adkins.

She will appear in court again Feb. 24 for her informal pretrial hearing. She is currently out on recognizance bond.

• Brennan Bell, 28, of London, was arraigned on two counts trafficking in drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, and one count aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, a third-degree felony.

Bell is accused of selling cocaine and Oxycodone last June and July.

He will appear in court again Feb. 24 for his informal pretrial hearing. He is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail with bond set at $25,000. Should bond be met, Bell will be under house arrest with electronic ankle monitoring.

• Justin Justice, 37, residence unknown, was arraigned on one count breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.

Justice will appear in court again Feb. 24 for his informal pretrial hearing. He is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail. His bond as set at $10,000.

• Kimberly Armentrout, 45, of West Jefferson, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree felonious forgery and two counts receiving stolen property, both first-degree misdemeanors.

Armentrout will appear in court again Feb. 24 for her informal pretrial hearing. She is currently out on recognizance bond.

• Amanda Baker, 30, of Plain City, was arraigned on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs, a third-degree felony. She allegedly attempted to sneak marijuana into Madison Correctional Institution.

She will appear in court again Feb. 24 for her informal pretrial hearing. She is currently out on recognizance bond.

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By Erin Thompson

ethompson@civitasmedia.com

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.

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