A West Virginia man pleaded guilty this morning in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to a heroin possession charge that will require prison time.

Terrell E. Walker, 35, of Huntington, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to an amended first-degree felony charge for possession of heroin.

The original indictment carried a major drug offender specification, which would have required Judge Jonathan Starn to impose the maximum possible prison sentence of 11 years.

The amended indictment will state that Walker possessed between 50 and 100 grams of heroin, Assistant Hancock County Prosecutor Colleen Limerick said.

The State Highway Patrol said it found 246 grams when Walker and Shawntrina Y. Alford were stopped last August on I-75 in Hancock County.

The patrol also said they had a gram of marijuana, and the drugs were together worth about $43,788.

Walker’s sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 14. He wanted a later date, giving him more time to make arrangements for his children before both he and Alford, their mother, go to prison.

Starn said Nov. 14 was already later than a sentencing would typically be scheduled for a plea made in mid-August, and he couldn’t push it later.

Alford, 30, also of Huntington, West Virginia, was indicted on the same charge and specification. She pleaded guilty April 11 to a first-degree felony heroin possession charge without the specification.

Her sentencing is scheduled for Monday. A prison term of at least three years is mandatory for both Walker and Alford.

Walker’s lawyer is Merle Dech Jr.

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