Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County & City of Norton Press Release Regarding Joyce Ann Wine

Joyce Ann Wine, age 47, of Norton was sentenced last week in the Wise County Circuit Court for attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner at Wallens Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap. Wine received a sentence of six years with four years suspended. Following her release from the active term of incarceration, Wine will be required to complete two years of probation.
Wine previously pled guilty without a plea agreement from prosecutors on February 7, 2019 to Felony Delivery of Marijuana, and Misdemeanor Delivery of Contraband to an Inmate at a Correctional Facility. At her sentencing hearing on May 8th, evidence was presented by both the Commonwealth and the defendant as to the appropriate sentence.
On March 11, 2018, Joyce Ann Wine entered Wallens Ridge State Prison for visitation with an offender incarcerated at the prison. A corrections officer conducted a routine search of Wine’s person before she entered the institution for her visit. The search produced five small balloons hidden in Wine’s clothing containing marijuana and tobacco.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said, “Wise County is home to three Virginia Department of Corrections facilities. My office is committed to working closely with the brave and dedicated corrections officers who ensure that our prisons remain drug free. This case sends a clear message that any attempt to bring contraband or drugs into one of these facilities will be met with severe punishment.”
Slemp thanked Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Berlin Skeen for his hard work in successfully prosecuting this case and Special Agent Jason Wood for a thorough investigation.

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