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Man gets seven years for University Mart robbery

Published 9:59am Thursday, September 15, 2011

A man will spend seven years in prison for robbing at knifepoint the University Mart in Ironton.

Joshua Wiseman, 27, of 478 Private Road 13, Ironton, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to first-degree aggravated robbery and third-degree tampering with evidence. Wiseman also admitted to violating his community-control sanctions.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Wiseman to seven years in prison for aggravated robbery, three years for tampering with evidence and 10 months for violating his community-control sanctions.

Wiseman’s sentences will be served concurrently, for a total of seven years in prison.

In other cases:

Cooper sentenced Steven Dale Henson, 45, of 371 County Road 3, Chesapeake, to four years in prison for two counts of third-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs. Henson had pleaded guilty to the offenses last week.

Cooper modified the bond for Jonathan Harmon, 28, of 311 Township Road 102, Ironton. Harmon tested positive for oxycontin, benzodiazepine, and methamphetamine, the judge said. Cooper doubled Harmon’s previous bond, setting it at $200,000.

Harmon’s defense attorney, Mike Gleichauf, told the judge his client has a prescription for oxycontin.

Through his attorney, Harmon requested another drug screening, saying that he believed the first test been a false positive for benzodiazepine and methamphetamine.

Cooper agreed to allow Harmon to be retested and said that he would reconsider the bond if Harmon could present a prescription for the oxycontin.

Harmon is charged with complicity to burglary, a second-degree felony. He has previously pleaded not guilty.

Cooper also modified bond for Seth Coleman, 18, of 918 Adams St., Ironton, after he tested positive for marijuana, according to an official from the adult probation department.

Cooper changed Coleman’s bond from $50,000 cash and $60,000 property to $100,000 cash and $120,000 property. Coleman has previously pleaded not guilty to burglary.

Buddy Allen Jenkins, 30, of 2615 S. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to third-degree complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs and third-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash, surety or property and scheduled a pretrial hearing for Sept. 28.

Carlton A. Davis, 40, of 302 Washington St., Coal Grove, pleaded not guilty to first-degree escape.

Davis was originally sentenced to four years in prison for drug offenses in October 2009, Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier said.

The man was granted a furlough but did not show up to serve his sentence, Collier said.

Cooper did not set a bond. He scheduled a pretrial hearing for Sept. 28.

On Tuesday, Brent Houck, 55, of 5394 State Route 217, Willow Wood, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor unauthorized use of property.

Prosecutors reduced his charge from felony theft from an elderly person to a misdemeanor.

Cooper sentenced Houck to five years probation and required him to pay $66,000 in restitution to the victim.

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