Probation for 20-year-old in heroin case

Two people were sentenced to probation Tuesday morning (Oct. 22) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.

Zachary James Hitt, of Amissville, previously pleaded guilty to possession of heroin on Aug. 1 and, as part of a plea agreement between Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff and Hitt’s counsel Frank Reynolds, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy C. Koglin, the 20-year-old Hitt was pulled over after dark on Feb. 17 for suspicious driving behavior. “Upon making contact with Hitt, he was showing signs of impairment,” Koglin’s complaint continued. “His eyes were bloodshot and glassy, [and he exhibited] slurred speech and slow motor skills. Hitt was asked to exit the vehicle, and could barely stand up.”

While standing in front of the police cruiser, an orange pill bottle “popped out” of Hitt’s pants’ pocket, which contained less than a gram of marijuana, the complaint states. “Hitt then admitted to also having heroin and a straw and admitted to snorting it just prior to me stopping him,” Koglin’s report states. After Hitt failed three “field sobriety tests,” a straw section and tinfoil containing heroin was discovered in Hitt’s wallet.

In addition to the two years of probation, Judge Herman A. Whisenant suspended Hitt’s license for six months and forbid him from applying for a restricted permit until all his court costs were paid. Hitt must also complete 100 hours of community service.

Rebecca Ann Smith, 37, of Manassas, pleaded guilty to violating her probation and had 39 months of a previously suspended sentence (for breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit both), reimposed — and all but 60 days subsequently resuspended. Whisenant also placed Smith on two years of unsupervised probation and gave her until tomorrow morning (Friday, Oct. 25) to report to Rappahannock County jail.

Firearms sentencing postponed

Originally on the docket for sentencing Tuesday, David Winfield Eisenmann’s case was postponed to Dec. 5. Eisenmann is charged with one count each of illegally possessing a firearm and manufacturing marijuana.

At his July 18 court date, Goff said that Eisenmann robbed a pharmacy in Prince William County on Aug. 1, 2012, taking several items, including the controlled substance oxycodone.

Goff said that the sheriff’s departments of Prince William and Rappahannock counties searched Eisenmann’s home Aug. 5, finding an indoor marijuana growing operation in the basement. Police collected 21 marijuana plants, as well as several small bags throughout the house.

The stolen oxycodone, Goff said, was found in the kitchen, while a 9mm pistol was discovered in Eisenmann’s bedroom.

Washington resident Sarah Elizabeth Thompson was declared mentally unfit to stand trial and ordered into a mental health facility in an effort to restore her competency. “I feel this is only appropriate in light of her deteriorating mental condition,” said her attorney, Amanda Zadrozny.

The 27-year-old Thompson is charged with one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle after she allegedly stole a 1989 blue and yellow Ford F-350 from the Rappahannock County School Board offices on July 27, 2012.

According to the incident report, Thompson drove the truck east onto U.S. 211 and was arrested in Manassas by Prince William County Sheriff’s Office deputies. She previously underwent an exam to determine her competency to stand trial and been declared suitable; because of how much time has passed since then, however, Thompson underwent a second evaluation and was declared unfit.

No new trial date was set, though Whisenant did order a progress report on Jan. 28.

Trials scheduled

Trial dates were set Tuesday morning in the cases of Thomas Ray Berry and Chris Adam Foster.

Amissville resident Berry, 42, is charged with five counts of aggravated sexual battery against a child under 13 and four counts of exposing himself to a minor under 15. His one-day jury trial was set for Feb. 6. The 42-year-old Foster, who is charged with one count of unlawfully entering school-related or sponsored activities after being previously convicted of a sexually violent offense, requested a jury trial, which is now scheduled for Jan. 28.