Quinton woman gets jail time for drug possession

By Amy Jo Martin, amartin@tidewaterreview.com


NEW KENT — A Quinton woman will spend time behind bars for possession of narcotic drugs.

Emily Ann Midgett, 32, was found guilty Monday in New Kent Circuit Court on two counts of simple possession of hydrocodone, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but six months suspended.

Midgett, along with three other individuals — Melissa S. Perkins, Karen Collier Haboush and Matthew Scott Jeffrey — was originally charged with possessing and distributing hydrocodone on several dates earlier this year.

Commonwealth's Attorney Linwood Gregory said Midgett sold hydrocodone pills to a confidential police informant on March 8, April 10, April 12 and April 17.

However, Midgett entered an Alford plea in court, meaning she maintains her innocence while acknowledging that evidence is sufficient to convict her, on two counts of possession (amended from distribution), stemming from the incidents on March 8 and April 10.

As part of the plea agreement, Midgett agreed to pay $640 in restitution. The total restitution payment will be split with Perkins, Haboush and Jeffrey. Midgett also agreed to testify against them, if necessary.

Perkins, who was allegedly involved in incidents on March 8 and March 15, will face trial on Jan. 13 in New Kent Circuit Court.

According to police, Haboush was involved in incidents on March 8, March 15, April 10, April 2 and April 17, while Jeffrey was involved in an incident on April 10. Both will face trial in New Kent Circuit Court on Dec. 16.

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.