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Coal Grove man gets prison time for DUI

Published 9:04am Thursday, January 3, 2013

As one Coal Grove man found out Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, drinking and driving does not go unpunished.

Robert Williams, 32, of 106 1/2 Carlyle Drive, was arraigned on a bill of information of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a third-degree felony.

The charge also caused Williams to be in violation of his probation.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mack Anderson said Williams had in July been granted a judicial release from prison, stemming from another DUI charge.

Williams pleaded guilty to the DUI charge and admitted his probation violation.

“I just know I have a problem,” Williams said. “And I hope I can get some help in the programs.”

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Williams to the maximum sentence of three years in prison, a $1,500 fine and a 20-year driver’s license suspension. The man was also sentenced to eight months in prison for violating his probation, to be served concurrently.

In other cases:

• Justin Layman, 27, of 6595 County Road 15, Chesapeake, was sentenced to three years in prison suspended with the condition that he complete the STAR Community Justice Center Program. He must also serve four years of CCS/ISP.

Layman had previously pleaded guilty to third-degree theft of a firearm and fourth-degree theft.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mike Gleichauf said the victim in the case, Layman’s stepfather, wanted the man to get help for his substance abuse problem.

“These offenses are very serious offences,” Gleichuf said. “… Our recommendation is solely based on the victim’s wishes.”

Cooper reserved the three-year prison sentence should Layman fail to comply with his CCS orders.

• Phillip Yates, 21, of 1518 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was sentenced to four years community-controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation, 30 days in the county jail suspended and ordered to successfully complete the STAR Community Justice Center Program.

Yates had previously pleaded guilty to two third-degree counts of intimidation of a witness and misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Cooper also ordered restraining orders barring Yates from making contacts with the victims.

• Kenneth Holtzapfel, 33, of 510 1/2 Railroad St., Ironton, admitted to CCS violations of not reporting and failing to go to court-ordered counseling. Cooper sentenced the man to 30 days in jail, with CCS to continue after his release.

• Joshua Mullens, 26, of 96 Private Drive 106, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree theft of a credit card. Mullens pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and scheduled a pretrial for Jan. 16.

• John Hogan, 27, of 422 N. Second St., Ironton, denied CCS violations. Cooper set a trial for Jan. 9.

• Kimberly Karnes, 46, of 1102 Sunset Terrace, Milton, W.Va., was sentenced to four years CCS and one year in the county jail. Karnes previously pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of receiving stolen property. Cooper reserved 11 months in prison if she violates her CCS.

• Jennifer Hinchman, 30, of 1129 Waco Road, Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty to illegal manufacture of drugs. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced the woman to four years in prison, a $10,000 fine and a one-year driver’s license suspension.

• Ashley Vankeuren, 29, of Huntington, W.Va., was arraigned on counts of fourth- and fifth-degree possession of drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Bowling set bond at $20,000 own-recognizance and $5,000 cash or surety.


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