Man indicted for selling drugs while out on probation

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

A 24-year-old West Point man is returned to jail on new charges the same day he is released from prison on an old sentence.

Martel Bradshaw was arraigned this week in Clay County Circuit Court on new indictments charging him with two counts of selling methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

He is accused of selling the highly addictive drug to an undercover agent on Feb. 16 and March 29, 2016. He was arrested on the possession charge on Sept. 7, 2016.

At the time of the drug sales and the possession arrest, he was on probation from a January 2013 conviction for burglary and larceny. He was sentenced to six years with five years post-release supervision.

Those charges stemmed from the Jan. 20, 2012 burglary of the home of Bill Portera in which six guns were stolen.

In that sentence, he was supposed to attend the Department of Corrections restitution center to work off part of his fine and restitution when he was released from prison.

He didn’t go to the restitution center and instead started selling drugs, according to Clay County Circuit Court documents. His probation on the burglary sentence was revoked on Oct. 17, 2016 and he was sent back to prison with orders to undergo long-term drug and alcohol treatment.

He was released Oct. 2 and brought back to court on the new charges.

Bradshaw’s bond is set at $15,000.

In an unrelated case, 30-year-old Lekeshia Dobbs, of Aberdeen, is free on $5,000 bond on two counts of ID fraud stemming from the misuse of a West Point women’s Social Security number in November 2013 and February 2014 to obtain cell phone service.

She was indicted in April 2015 but not served with the indictments until this week.