Loflin sentenced in drug case

Published 5:36 am Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Charlotte County woman was recently sentenced in Lunenburg County Circuit Court to one year in jail for distributing oxycodone in the presence of a child.

Shannon Marie Loflin, 27, of Saxe, was given the 12-month sentence on convictions of distribution of a schedule II substance and felony child neglect. Both convictions are felonies. An additional nine years was suspended.

Lunenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement said Loflin sold 10 oxycodone pills on July 17, 2013, in an investigation conducted by the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force under the supervision of Lunenburg Deputy Sheriff Brian Burns.

The task force waited a year until other operations being conducted at that time were completed before a grand jury indicted Loflin on Feb. 2.  She was arrested Feb. 10.

Loflin’s felony child neglect conviction stemmed from a child being in the car during the transaction, Clement said.

Loflin had no prior criminal record except for two similar offenses that occurred in Charlotte County during the same period as part of the undercover investigation.

The sentencing guidelines called for a mid-point of one year and five months.

Clement said he believes the judge took into consideration Loflin’s claim of a severe addiction to the painkillers and her claim that the undercover operative purchasing the pills from her was a friend.

Loflin also received a one-month sentence in Charlotte County, where she also lost custody of her children, Clement said.

Loflin’s suspended nine years is subject to conditions of good behavior for 10 years, in addition to supervised probation for two years, counseling, warrantless searches for five years and restitution to the Virginia State Police for the $100 “buy-money.”