Defendants in a conspiracy involving forged prescriptions passed at area pharmacies made pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.
The pleas resulted in a long prison sentence for one suspect, and long stretches of probation for four others.
Appearing before Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell were:
*Kyle Allan Hays, 22, of Shelbyville, who received a sentence of 16 years at 30 percent. He had been charged with 36 counts of receiving schedule III drugs, 18 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, 11 counts of receiving schedule II drugs, and five counts of forgery.
*Sonia Denise Deosio, 38, of Shelbyville, will serve six months in jail and then serve 12 years on probation. She faced 16 counts of receiving schedule III drugs, eight counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, and 25 counts of forgery.
*Venus Velveeta Clark, 38, of Shelbyville, received eight years probation with 90 days to serve after pleading to six counts. Judge Russell warned her that violating any drug screening was the quickest way to serve the eight years. She had originally been charged with six counts involving schedule III drugs, three counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, four counts of forgery and eight counts involving schedule II drugs.
*Ashley Pretzer of Wartrace was facing 18 forgery, drug possession and fraud charges for her involvement. She agreed to a plea resulting in eight years probation, and was placed on judicial diversion. If she completes the probation without an issue, the charges could be expunged from her record.
=*Vincent Michael Valencino, 23, of Christiana, also received eight years probation with 90 days to serve after pleading to eight counts. He had been charged with a total of 24 charges - ten counts involving schedule III drugs, eight counts dealing with schedule II drugs, four counts of forgery and two charges of obtaining drugs by fraud. Russell also warned Valencino about violating drug screenings.
Cameron Alexander McKee, 21, of Murfreesboro, faces 16 counts involving schedule III drugs, but did not make a plea on Friday.
According to Detective Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department, Deosio is a former employee in the office of Dr. Lynette Adams of Shelbyville and forged a number of prescriptions from the doctor.
She and Hays, her boyfriend, provided the forged prescriptions to Pretzer, Clark, McKee and Valencino, who passed them at several pharmacies in Bedford, Rutherford, and Cannon counties.
Crews said that the filled prescriptions were then allegedly returned to Deosio and Hays, who paid up to $200 each for them.
The conspiracy to fraudulently obtain and distribute the controlled substances dated as far back as October 2011, Crews said, and the group is responsible for obtaining and distributing over 8,000 pills.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also worked with local authorities in the case.
-- T-G copy editor David Melson contributed to this report.