Woman who left drugs for jailed boyfriend to get treatment

Stephanie Dawkins to start new year at inpatient facility

PORT ANGELES — A woman who conspired to get heroin and fentanyl to her then-boyfriend while he was in jail was sentenced to chemical-dependency treatment Thursday.

Stephanie Deon Dawkins, 33, will start the new year by reporting Jan. 2 to a Spokane inpatient facility and will avoid incarceration if she complies with the conditions of her release.

Meanwhile a warrant issued Monday for the arrest of Jason Jay Roy, 47, for failure to attend drug court continued to be outstanding Thursday afternoon.

Roy was in the county jail May 13 when a chewing-tobacco can of fentanyl, heroin and drug paraphernalia with a heart scratched on it was found on the ground near a Clallam County chain gang trailer.

It was parked at the county road department shop on West Lauridsen Boulevard.

Roy had recently been allowed to join the detail.

Recorded phone conversations from the jail linked Dawkins and Roy in a plan to supply Roy with the drugs, according to the probable cause statement.

“It’s like right there underneath at the trailer, you’ll be able to see it, it landed perfect,” Dawkins tells Roy in one exchange.

Dawkins, who will avoid jail time while pleading guilty to felony possession with intent to deliver heroin and fentanyl, said in Clallam County Superior Court on Thursday that she knew she had to change.

“I’m ready,” she told Judge Brian Coughenour.

“This is probably a good way to go,” Coughenour responded.

He sentenced her under the state’s Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA) program.

“This gives you the opportunity to do treatment.”

Following treatment, Dawkins will be under state Department of Corrections community custody for 24 months.

Dawkins would not be interviewed after her sentencing Thursday.

“I know she needs treatment, and she’s getting it,” Sequim lawyer Lawrence Freedman, representing Dawkins, said in an Aug. 29 interview.

Freedman said then that Dawkins would enter the guilty pleas.

“She’s doing better,” Freedman said at the time.

“She’s been clean for a while, and I think this is the best result.”

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Steven Johnson said county jail Superintendent Wendy Peterson went along with the agreement.

Johnson told Coughenour it was clear Dawkins had chemical dependency issues.

“This is a good way to resolve this,” he said, adding that she will still have a felony record, which she did not have before Thursday.

According to her offender score of zero, Dawkins could have been sentenced to more than 12 months to 20 months in prison had she not gone the DOSA route.

The offender score is based on the charges and her criminal history.

Roy was charged with two counts of attempted possession of a controlled substance and two charges of attempted possession of a controlled substance in a county facility in connection with their drug-delivery scheme.

He was allowed to participate in Clallam County Drug Court in lieu of facing the charges.

In the contract Roy signed Oct. 3, he agreed that if he quits the program or is terminated, there are sufficient facts to find him guilty of the charges.

Roy was released from the county jail Oct. 7 and ordered to report immediately to Cedar Grove Counseling in Port Angeles.

The drug court warrant for his arrest was issued Monday with a $20,000 bond.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at pgottlieb@ peninsuladailynews.com.