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Mercer judge sends rehab director candidate back to treatment

Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo  Jeff Keatley prepares to leave judge Omar Aboulhosn’s courtroom at the Mercer County Courthouse annex after being placed back on probation Wednesday afternoon.
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Jeff Keatley prepares to leave judge Omar Aboulhosn’s courtroom at the Mercer County Courthouse annex after being placed back on probation Wednesday afternoon.

PRINCETON, W.Va.  A Mercer County man who had been in line to serve as director of a drug rehabilitation center under development in Bluefield, was placed back on probation in Mercer County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Jeffrey Allen Keatley, 47, of Mercer County, tested positive on Feb. 14, for oxymorphone, according to Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Omar Aboulhosn. The court clarified a previous admission that Keatley was using oxycontin, and stated that test results indicated that he had been suing oxymorphone.

 “That’s opana,” Aboulhosn said. The court asked Keatley if he was injecting the drug, but the defendant said he swallowed it, and added that he never injected drugs. When the court questioned him to how long he had been using again, Keatley eventually said it was during the last month when he was in Mercer County.

“I was down here by myself,” he told the court. “I had a bunch of idle time on my hands. I apologize to the community. It was all coming to a head anyway. I knew it was over … I really did.”

Keatley’s defense counsel, Bill Huffman told the court that several people in the court had traveled from the Healing Place in Huntington in a show of support for the defendant. Keatley had been a model patient at the drug rehabilitation center in Huntington and was designated as the future director of the Four Seasons Recovery Center on Preston Street in Bluefield now under development…

 

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