A Charlottesville woman who pleaded guilty last year to distributing synthetic drugs known as bath salts will serve more than two years in federal prison.
Lois Lee McDaniel pleaded guilty in April to possessing with intent to distribute the drugs. On Friday she was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 28 months in prison and three years of supervised probation upon her release.
She was also fined $1,000.
"I've shamed my family, my friends ... I don't know what else to say," McDaniel told Judge Glen E. Conrad on Friday.
Conrad said that although he considered the fact that she helped prosecutors build a case against her supplier, he could not grant her request for long-term supervised probation.
"You were someone who understood that your own son had a problem with the [bath salts]," he said. "You were continuing to try to profit while you were helping the government. To me, that's a significant aggravating factor."
McDaniel is the former owner of the C-Ville Video Store, from which she said she distributed the drugs.
“[McDaniel] admitted that she knew individuals were using the bath salts to get high and that she should not have been selling them to customers,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said. “C-Ville Video Store became so widely known for distributing bath salts that there was often a line of bath salt users waiting in line outside the store prior to its opening in the morning.”