OSSIPEE — A former Carroll County corrections officer who brought drugs to the House of Corrections in her purse has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and received a 12-month suspended sentence.
Zina Ryan, 29, of Wakefield, appeared Tuesday in Carroll County Superior Court before Justice Amy Ignatius for a plea-and-sentencing hearing, the terms of which were agreed to by the state and Ryan.
In July 2017, a Carroll County grand jury indicted Ryan, who had worked at the House of Corrections since 2014, for possessing methamphetamine within the CCHOC on June 5, 2017.
The charge is a Class A felony punishable by between 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
At the time of Ryan’s arrest, Corrections Superintendent Jason Henry and County Sheriff Domenic Richardi said Ryan seemingly had the drugs for her personal use and did not provide them to inmates.
Ryan, who resigned after her arrest, was supposed to plead guilty to the felony charge earlier this year but the agreement seemingly fell apart during the April 25 plea-and-sentencing hearing, with Ignatius later putting the case back on the trial calendar. Jury selection had been scheduled for Dec. 10.
In exchange for her pleading guilty to a Class A misdemeanor of possession of a controlled drug – although no specific drug is cited in the amended charge — Ryan was also ordered by Ignatius to pay $434 in fines and fees. Her sentence in the House of Corrections was suspended for three years pending good behavior.