The Clay County Prosecutor's Office has filed their intentions to seek an enhanced penalty if a Lyons, Ind., woman is convicted of drug allegations stemming from an Oct. 29 incident.
According to documents on file at the Clay County Courthouse, Clay Superior Court issued an arrest warrant for Cassey Leann Shipley (aka Cassie Leann Bennington), 25, Lyons, Ind., on Nov. 10.
The allegations included class D felony possession of a controlled substance, class D felony possession of paraphernalia and a class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
If convicted of a class D felony, the highest charge filed against Shipley at this time, it is punishable with up to six-months-three years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.
The enhancement, if Shipley is convicted, allows a jury or a judge to consider adding a longer sentencing recommendation for a felony conviction if the person has prior unrelated felony convictions.
Apparently, on Oct. 29, Indiana State Police officials during the course of an undisclosed investigation discovered Shipley, who has a prior conviction for reckless possession of paraphernalia in Greene County in 2004, was in possession of a schedule IV drug (Carisoprodol) without a valid prescription and a smoking pipe used for marijuana.
On Nov. 11, Shipley was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center to await formal court proceedings.
On Friday, Shipley appeared by video conference to hear formal charges in the matter.
A preliminary not guilty plea was entered on her behalf and Matthew Effner was appointed defense counsel in the matter.
A jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Feb. 28, 2011, and bond was established at $7,000 with 10 percent allowed.
As of Friday evening, jail officials confirmed Shipley remained incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings.