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Farmington woman pleads guilty to stealing medications

FARMINGTON – A Farmington woman has admitted to taking prescription medications that had been prescribed to nursing home patients.

Glenda Counts, 48, of Farmington, recently pleaded guilty to stealing and possession of a controlled substance – Lorazepam.

According to court records, officers searched Counts’ residence as part of an unrelated investigation and found prescription medications that were prescribed to patients in a local nursing home where Counts was employed as a nurse.

Counts said the medications had been discontinued for the patients. The policy at the nursing home was to destroy discontinued prescriptions in the presence of another nurse.

She said she took the pain medications home to use for her back pain.

Sentencing will be held July 22. She could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.

Two other individuals in unrelated cases have recently pleaded guilty to stealing medications from local nursing homes.

In other cases, Jeffery Moore, 48, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte to one year in the county jail for felony stealing.

According to court records, Moore was caught by a grocery store employee concealing steaks valued at $39 in his clothing. When approached by the employee, Moore took off running and threw the meat down in the parking lot.

Jackie Boyd, 39, of Park Hills, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he received for possession of a controlled substance – meth and stealing. The judge will reconsider placing him on probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Andrew Scott Johnson, 21, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he received for second-degree burglary. The judge will reconsider placing him on probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Tammy Summers, 41, of St. Louis, was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the probation she received for stealing and receiving stolen property.

William Sanfilippo Sr., 43, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Alice Ligue, 38, of Park Hills, was placed on five years of supervised probation for sale of a controlled substance – oxycodone. According to court records, Ligue sold oxycodone to a confidential informant on Feb. 11, 2003.

Michael Marks, 26, of Farmington, was placed on five years of supervised probation for second-degree assault – vehicular.

Floyd Burns, 31, of Bonne Terre, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault – vehicular. According to court records, Burns drove while under the influence of alcohol and collided with another vehicle after he crossed the centerline. Two people were injured.

Several others pleaded guilty to charges in unrelated cases.

David Secrease, 45, of Cadet, pleaded guilty to failure to support a child. Erica Welch, 20, of Park Hills, pleaded guilty to passing a bad check.

Fred Brown, 22, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to two counts of passing a bad check. Justin Neely, 18, of Bonne Terre, pleaded guilty to tampering with a motor vehicle.

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