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Wife jailed for giving one pill to her husband

Leonardtown, MD -- A Lusby woman has been sentenced to six months in jail for admitting to giving one prescription oxycodone pill to her husband. Jessica Granis, 27, was sentenced June 2 in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court by Judge Michael Stamm.

Granis pled guilty to distribution of narcotics March 30 of this year. She was arrested in December of last year during a two-day sweep by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department that was dubbed “Operation Season’s Greetings.”

At the June 2 sentencing hearing, the lawyer for Granis, public defender Sean Moran said that his client had a prescription for oxycodone for a worker’s compensation injury case. Moran said that her husband also had a prescription for an injury but he had let his prescription lapse.

“This is not a drug dealer sitting beside me,” Moran said of his client.

The judge noted that the charging documents had other allegations against Granis, but Moran said his client vehemently denied that and had only pled guilty to giving the one pill to her husband. Moran said the husband may have been involved in those other allegations.

Granis has since moved to South Carolina to find a job but the charge hanging over her has been an impediment to her finding work, Moran said.

“I realize it was wrong," Granis said in addressing Judge Stamm.

The state sentencing guidelines for the offense are six months to three years and State’s Attorney Rick Fritz asked the judge to sentence within those guidelines.

Stamm imposed a three-year sentence but suspended all but six months.

The judge authorized work release for Granis. She will be on two-year’s supervised probation after her release. Stamm did authorize her probation to be transferred to South Carolina.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com

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