Wintersville woman gets 12 months for drugs

STEUBENVILLE — A woman whom police said was shooting up heroin in front of her children, had the makings for methamphetamine in her house and failed to show up at a prior sentencing hearing was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.

Ashley N. Bryant, 25, of 464 Church St., Wintersville, pleaded guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, endangering children and possession of heroin.

Bryan was to be sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on June 26 but failed to show for the hearing. The judge, as a result, increased her sentence on Tuesday to 12 months in prison.

The sheriff’s department reported Lloyd Boatrite, 43, and Bryant, 24, were arrested at their Wintersville home on May 18, 2016.

Boatrite pleaded guilty to possession of materials for the manufacturing of drugs and was sentenced in May by Bruzzese to two years of probation.

County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Bryant was shooting heroin in front of her children, ages 2 and 4. Abdalla noted drug paraphernalia was on a table within reach of the children. Also, there were items in the house used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, but there was no working lab.

Abdalla said there was a court order out of West Virginia ordering Bryant not to have contact with her children and custody was given to Boatrite, who is the father. Boatrite allowed Bryant to live in the house, according to the sheriff. County children services took custody of the children, he said.

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