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Defendant warned not to come back to court

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Calling his defense “preposterous,” a Pulaski County judge gave a Max Meadows man a chance to receive drug treatment, but warned him not to come back before the court.

“I remember this trial quite well and, quite frankly, I don’t know if the guidelines are enough,” Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. said in the case of 33-year-old Thomas Keith Peak, who was convicted in October of obtaining drugs by fraud.

But Judge Long decided to give the man a chance to get help. “I’m going to (stay) within the guidelines, but you don’t want to come back in here,” he told Peak before imposing a five-year sentence and suspending all but three months of it.

Long ordered Peak to complete the New Life drug recovery program, then warned him, “If you fail to complete it, you’re likely to serve the entire sentence.”

Peak will be placed on two years probation upon release from custody and his driver’s license has been suspended for six months as required by state law.

According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Naomi Huntington, a woman reported to Pulaski Police Department in August 2012 that someone had filled and picked up a prescription she had misplaced without her permission. Police were able to use the Virginia Controlled Substances Pick Up Log and security footage to determine Peak presented and picked up the prescription.

A defense witness testified the victim asked her to have Peak fill and pick up the prescription. The witness said the victim provided Peak with money for the transaction. She also claimed a friend introduced her to the victim, but, on cross-examination, she was unable to provide the name of that friend or any details as to how they had met.

The victim said she never met the defendant or defense witness. She also said she never received the prescription.

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