Warren woman gets jail for drug offenses at two assisted living facilities

Posted Jan. 29, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Warren woman was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail for stealing drugs from two different assisted living facilities.

Ashley Sawyer, 27, was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm in Knox County Superior Court to three years in jail with all but six months suspended, placed on probation for two years and fined $800.

Sawyer initially was accused of stealing Ritalin from the Lucette Boarding Home in Thomaston in September 2011.

She was indicted in connection with the theft of those drugs and falsifying private records in July 2012 and, as part of a plea agreement, pleaded guilty in January 2013 to a reduced charge of attempted stealing of drugs. The falsifying records charge was dismissed.

But while awaiting sentencing, Sawyer was charged with two counts of stealing drugs from Seven Tree Manor in Union. The new offenses involving the theft of oxycodone in February 2013.

Documents filed by the Maine attorney general’s office stated that an investigation revealed Sawyer diverted drugs from five patients for her own use. She used the drugs while at work, according to court documents.

Assistant Attorney General William Savage said Wednesday that despite the thefts, the patients did not miss any dosages of their prescribed medication.

Sawyer had been hired at Seven Tree in June 2012 as a certified residential medication aide, a position she had held at Lucette. The prosecutor said a criminal background check in June 2012 would not have shown the pending charges against her.

The sentencing on Tuesday encompassed the two counts of stealing drugs at Seven Tree Manor and a reduced charge of attempted drug theft at Lucette.

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