By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Pulaski woman arrested for shoplifting a pair of flip-flops last May ended up with a drug charge as well.
Betsy Neveda Stowers, 40, was convicted of two felonies Thursday after entering no contest pleas to one count of larceny with prior convictions and one count of possession of drugs with intent to distribute. By pleading no contest, she acknowledged evidence was sufficient for a finding of guilt, but did not admit guilt.
According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Naomi Huntington, Pulaski Police Department responded to Magic Mart May 20 after a store employee reported that Stowers had attempted to shoplift flip-flops.
When the officer asked for permission to search inside Stowers’ purse, he found pills inside a Tic Tac container, Huntington said. The pills were later determined to be Hydrocodone.
A charge of possession of drugs with intent to distribute was filed based on a telephone conversation the officer overheard between Stowers and her mother. As Stowers was being transported to jail, she told her mother she intended to sell the pills in order to pay her electric bill, Huntington told Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr.
In a plea agreement, Stowers was sentenced to three years in prison, with all but one month suspended, on the drug charge. She received a two-year suspended sentence on the larceny and is banned from Magic Mart.
After serving a month in jail, she will be placed on two years of supervised probation.