Tammy Marie Stalker, 54, of Pamplin, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana less than a half ounce and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The charges were reduced from felonies of possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana and abuse of a child with disregard for life.
She was sentenced a 24-month suspended sentence on the condition of two years of good behavior.
Similar charges were dropped against Stalker’s husband, Karl John, as part of a plea agreement.
According to evidence summarized in court, an Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office investigator was called to the Pamplin Exxon where he spoke to Stalker’s daughter, who had confronted her parents about marijuana plants growing in the basement where she and her three children were residing.
When the investigator and a sergeant from the sheriff’s office arrived at Stalker’s home, a marijuana odor was detected when the front door was opened.
After obtaining a search warrant, law enforcement found a marijuana growing apparatus in the basement.
In the home’s master bedroom were a child’s mattress, child’s sippy cup and toys. Items found in the closet included a dabbing apparatus, butane canisters and a marijuana extraction machine.
Three small marijuana plants also were seized. Tests concluded that the plants contained more than the 0.3 legal limit for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. Therefore, the plants were not legally grown hemp.
Appomattox County Commonwealth’s Attorney Les Fleet said that Karl John had obtained a license to grow hemp prior to the arrest but claimed that he was unaware that the plants were illegal due to the THC levels.
Mark Arthur, defense attorney for the Stalkers, said the defense would have had differing evidence from the prosecution if the case had gone to trial but did not elaborate on that evidence. Instead, he said the plea agreement was in the best interest of his clients.
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