Marietta woman sentenced to 36 months in prison

Convicted of burglary, drug trafficking

Photo by Erin E. O’Neill Rhonda Mears, assistant county prosecutor, left, is shown opposite public defender Ray Smith and defendant April Calvert in Judge Mark Kerenyi’s courtroom Wednesday. Calvert, of Sandhill Road, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for drug and burglary charges.

MARIETTA — A Marietta woman sobbed and shook during her sentencing for drug trafficking and burglary in Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi’s court Wednesday.

April Calvert, 32, of 325 Sandhill Road, was given the maximum sentence of 36 months in prison for third-degree felony burglary. The charge stems from an incident in June when Calvert, along with Corey Smearman, of Albright Road, Beverly, stole electronics and power tools from the home of Derek Whystell, of 167 Vickers Road, Barlow.

She was also sentenced to six months for fifth-degree felony trafficking heroin and 12 months for fourth-degree trafficking heroin, to be served concurrently. Kerenyi sentenced her to serve time at the Marysville Reformatory for Women, in addition to court costs.

“Her problem is with drugs and with her associations with these people,” said Public Defender Ray Smith, who was representing Calvert.

The state was represented by Washington County assistant prosecutors Joseph Derkin and Rhonda Mears, who said they were satisfied with the judgment.

Photo by Erin E. O’Neill April Calvert, of Sandhill Road, has a hard time containing her emotions as she hears her sentence in Judge Mark Kerenyi’s courtroom Wednesday. Calvert, shown here seated with public defender Ray Smith, was sentenced to 36 months in the Marysville Reformatory for Women stemming from burglary and drug charges.

“It’s just very sad. She’s had a hard life,” Mears said.

Smith requested that Calvert be sent to a rehabilitation center in Portsmouth. Because Calvert had “the longest criminal history” he had ever seen, Kerenyi denied the request.

Calvert could not contain her emotions as she pleaded to be given a chance at rehab.

“I’ve had it really rough … I’ve always self-destructed. I know what I’ve done in the past was very wrong, I wasn’t in the right state of mind, and if I could take them back, I would,” she said through tears, apologizing for being unable to control her crying.

Calvert indicated that she has custody of her 8-month-old child and is currently pregnant.

“I feel like if I’m always thrown in prison and not given a chance at rehab, I can never progress. It breaks me down and it will never help me,” she said.

Kerenyi said Calvert’s lengthy criminal history weighed heavily on his decision to sentence her to prison.

Smearman was sentenced to three years of prison in Judge Randall Burnworth’s court on unrelated charges and is set to be sentenced in relation to the June burglary on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m.

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