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Man pleads for second chance

Published 12:00am Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Proctorville man facing probation violation charges pleaded for a second chance Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Tracy Hill, 39, of 165 Private Road 5019, had failed to report to the Adult Probation Agency since January, according to Judge D. Scott Bowling.

“I know I screwed up,” Hill said. “I totally agree to that. … I know I had a chance and screwed it up.

Hill asked Bowling to consider starting his community controlled sanctions over and holding more prison time over his head if he violated again.

Bowling also said the man had only paid $90 in a year and a half since he was required to pay restitution, leaving a balance of $7,740. Hill also tested positive for oxycodone when he was arrested.

“What am I supposed to do with that?” Bowling asked the man.

Hill was also recently charged with a new crime, fourth-degree theft from the elderly.

“I promise you I can do this,” Hill said. “I have a lot to lose. … I am very sorry. I am not guilty of that.”

Luke Styer, the man’s attorney, advised him not to talk about the new charge.

Hill formally admitted his CCS violations and Bowling set sentencing for Oct. 30, as well as a pretrial for the theft charge.

In other cases:

• Patricia Gore, 46, of 2394 First St., Ashland, Ky., was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree possession of cocaine, to which she pleaded guilty.

Bowling sentenced the woman to four years CCS, 200 hours community service, outpatient drug counseling and a $1,250 fine.

• Matthew Arthur, 20, of 1641 W. New Buckley Road, Ashland, Ky., was arraigned on a bill of information of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree resisting arrest and receiving stolen property and misdemeanor counts of criminal simulation, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Arthur pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Judge Charles Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Oct. 30.

• Rebecca Lewis, 35, of 103 Stanley St., Proctorville, was sentenced on two fourth-degree counts of trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree complicity to trafficking in drugs and third-degree trafficking in drugs, to which she previously pleaded guilty.

Cooper sentenced the woman to a total of three years in prison, a three-year driver’s license suspension and a total of $10,000 in fines.

• Kea Fuhr, 36, of 416 Oak St., Ironton, was sentenced to three years in prison for third-degree tampering with evidence and fifth-degree aggravated possession of drugs, to which she previously pleaded guilty. Cooper also suspended the woman’s driver’s license for three years and ordered her to pay a $1,250 fine.

• Cora Harmon, 22, of 214 Carl Perkins Drive, Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs. Cooper sentenced the woman to four years in prison, a three-year driver’s license suspension and a $7,500 fine.

• Whitney Sue Pell, 26, of 1343 Hall St., Huntington, W.Va., was sentenced on a fourth-degree theft from Intermountain Electronics, to which she previously pleaded guilty.

Cooper sentenced the woman to 17 months in prison with a judicial release to the STAR Community Justice Center when a bed becomes available. She was also ordered to pay $17,610 in restitution.

• Michael White, 27, of 1780 County Road 47, Waterloo, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail. Cooper also extended the man’s probation another year.

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