By Wesley Edwards
Kayla Justice entered Accomack County Circuit Court facing the distribution charge but, when the case was called ,it was announced the charge was being amended to “accommodation”. Justice faced a maximum sentence of 10 years, a $2500 fine and all court costs.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth Wolf told the court that on February 28 2017, the Eastern Shore Drug task force in the Temperanceville area had a confidential informant call Ms. Justice and subsequently picked her up and took her to a location that she knew informant could make the purchase. The informant and Ms. justice went to Ray’s Shanty on Highway 175 towards Chincoteague with Justice actually making the purchase from the distributor on behalf of of the confidential informant who she thought was her friend.
Defense attorney Tucker Watson explained to the court that the defendant was a recovering addict but had not been a user in quite some time and he was asking that she be allowed to remain on bond until her sentencing.
Judge Lewis accepted the guilty plea to the amended charge continuing the case until April 2, 2018 for presentence report and guidelines to be prepared. Lewis also allowed the defendant to remain on bond.