June 18, 2018
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Ellsworth woman accepts full sentence on oxycodone charge after arguing for less jail time

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local woman arrested with a prominent businessman on drug charges will serve 30 days in jail on a charge of unlawful possession of oxycodone.

Julie Edwards, 47, of Ellsworth was sentenced Tuesday in Hancock County Superior Court to two years in prison with all but 30 days suspended and two years probation. The sentence came as the result of a plea agreement between Edwards and the Attorney General’s office, which prosecutes some drug cases.

Edwards originally entered her guilty plea on Jan. 3, but her sentencing was put on hold after she objected to the terms of her probation.

In court on Tuesday, Edwards said she had been upset that her proposed sentence was more severe than that of Patrick Jordan, 43, who was arrested along with Edwards during a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency sting. Jordan is the president and CEO of R.F. Jordan and Sons, a prominent Ellsworth construction firm that has contracted with the city several times.

MDEA agents saw Jordan and Edwards meet in an Ellsworth parking lot, after which they found 87 30-milligram oxycodone tablets inside Jordan’s truck, according to police. The state had accused Jordan of buying the drugs from Edwards. Both were arrested and subsequently bailed out of jail.

In November, Jordan agreed to a five-day jail sentence and two years probation as part of a deferred disposition agreement.

Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson told the court on Tuesday that the proposed plea agreement was stricter in Edwards’ case because the state was more confident in its case against her than it had been in its case against Jordan.

Edwards will begin her sentence on Jan. 22. After she is released from jail, requirements of her probation will include no possession or use of alcohol or drugs, random search and drug testing, substance abuse counseling and no contact with known drug addicts or people on probation.

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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