Madison County corrections officer gets prison for using drugs at work

By Erin Thompson -

A former corrections officer will be spending the next year behind bars after he shot up heroin while on the clock at the prison.

Billy Glispie, 25, of Jeffersonville, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of drugs, a third-degree felony, in Madison County Common Pleas Court Thursday.

Glispie was working as a corrections officer at Madison County Correctional Institution in January when a co-worker suspected he was under the influence.

A suspicious baggie and a phone charger with teeth marks on it was found in the bathroom inside the staff bathroom, according to Judge Eamon Costello, citing a court document. It appeared the charger was used as a tourniquet.

Glispie was taken to Madison Health to be drug tested and a track mark on his arm was observed. The contents of the bag were tested and discovered to be heroin, though Glispie told officials it was crushed Percocet pills.

Glispie told Costello that his arrest has been a turning point for him, pushing him toward sobriety after a long history of drug abuse. But the judge questioned the statement, saying Glispie’s son and lost college career should have put him on the right path a while ago.

Glispie said he has been clean since the January arrest. A negative drug test Thursday morning seems to confirm the statement.

Also in court Thursday:

• Gary Zornes, 52, of Plain City, appeared for his informal pretrial hearing.

Zornes faces 34 charges, ranging from first- to third-degree felonies. The lengthy indictment includes six counts of rape, 22 counts of gross sexual imposition, three counts of sexual battery, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of kidnapping.

The alleged sexual assault took place from 2009 to 2015, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

In court, Zornes’ defense attorney Fred Ballam said he is planning on taking the case to trial.

Currently, Zornes is in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail with bond set a $1,000,000. If found guilty, he faces up to life in prison.

He will appear in court again April 14 for a second informal pretrial hearing.

• Joel Salyer, 34, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to having a weapon while under disability, a third-degree felony, and was sentenced to a year and-a-half in prison.

As part of a plea deal, the state dropped two charges of carrying a concealed weapon.

Last November, Salyer was arrested after the manager of the Speedway in London called the police about a suspicious individual in the parking lot. Responding officers found a loaded pistol on Salyer, who is not allowed to own a gun due to previous drug convictions.

• Byron Stokes, 28, of Columbus, was arraigned on a community control violation. He was sentenced to two years of community control in September 2015 following a receiving stolen property conviction.

According to a court affidavit, Stokes failed to report to probation officers three times between last September and January. Further, he was given a traffic ticket and did not tell his probation officer. Both are violations of his community control.

Stokes will appear in court again April 14 for a full hearing. He is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail with bond set at $10,000.

• Scott Caudill, 44, of London, appeared for his formal pretrial hearing.

Caudill is charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal possession of the chemicals to manufacture drugs and aggravated possession of drugs, two second-degree felonies and a third-degree felony.

Ballam told Costello he is prepared to take the case to trial. Caudill’s jury trial is scheduled to begin March 28. He is currently out on bond.

• Jennifer Parfitt, 32, of London, appeared for her informal pretrial hearing. She is charged with permitting drug use, a fifth-degree felony.

Assistant prosecutor attorney Nick Adkins and Parfitt’s defense attorney, Dale Frenz, told the court they are working on a plea deal which involves a pending felony charge. The attorneys requested more time to sort things out.

Costello obliged, scheduling another formal pretrial hearing for March 21.

Parfitt is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail. Her bond was revoked in January after she violated the terms of her house arrest.

• Shawn Wright, 41, of London, pleaded guilty to aggravated drug trafficking and was sentenced to a year and-a-half prison time.

As part of a plea deal, the state dropped two additional trafficking charges.

In addition to the prison sentence, Wright’s driver’s license has been suspended for two years.

By Erin Thompson

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