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Man gets 6 years for assault, endangerment of child

Published 12:36am Sunday, November 3, 2013

A South Point man who injured his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter when he was on drugs was sentenced to prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Cory Brewer, 23, of 428 Township Road 109, previously pleaded guilty to counts of second-degree felonious assault and third-degree endangering children on Oct. 16.

Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson previously said the child of Brewer’s girlfriend had been taken to the hospital with a broken arm and leg.

The girlfriend, Michelle Brandenburg, 22, of South Point, then lied to medical professionals about her child’s injuries, saying the girl fell off a slide. It was later discovered that Brewer had caused the injuries while he was under the influence of heroin.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced Brewer to six years in prison.

Warren Morford, Brewer’s attorney, said the incident was a result of a “myriad of tragedies involving drug use,” and since the incident, has sought counseling for anger management and drug abuse.

“He wants to be off drugs and make sure nothing like this ever happens again,” Morford said.

In an unrelated case, Charles Parks, of 1096 Reinhard Ave., Columbus, was sentenced to six years in prison for counts of third-degree tampering with evidence and third-degree trafficking in crack cocaine.

Bowling also suspended the man’s driver’s license for one year and imposed $20,000 in fines.

In other cases:

• Christopher Ball, 33, of 379 Township Road 155E, Pedro, pleaded guilty to three fifth-degree counts of possession of drugs. Bowling set sentencing for Nov. 6 and modified his bond to $10,000 own-recognizance.

• Tracy Hill, 39, of 165 Private Road 5019, Proctorville, pleaded no contest to a fourth-degree count of theft from the elderly. Bowling sentenced the man to 12 months in prison and $1,550 in restitution.

Bowling also sentenced the man to 12 months in prison for community control sanctions violations that the man admitted last week. The sentence will run concurrently with the theft charge.

• Frank Lewis, 31, of 2212 N. Fifth St., Ironton, was sentenced to eight months in prison for a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering.

• Willie Abbott, 28, of 1043 Township Road 172 S., Proctorville, pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree having weapons under a disability and fifth-degree trafficking in drugs. Bowling set sentencing for Nov. 6.

• Casey Boyd, 22, of 316 Township Road 1214, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of two counts of fifth-degree breaking and entering, to which he pleaded guilty.

Judge Charles Cooper ordered a pre-sentence investigation and gave the man an OR bond until sentencing.

• Bryan Shaffer, 42, of 166 Township Road 1212, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of grand theft. A charge of tampering with evidence was dismissed. Cooper set sentencing for Nov. 13.

• Anthony Fletcher, 24, of 358 Susan Court, Ironton, was arraigned on a first-degree count of aggravated robbery, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper continued a $50,000 bond set in a lower court and set a pretrial for Nov. 13.

• Kendrick Jones, 33, of 8305 Burns Drive, Tyler, Texas, was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of grand theft, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper continued a $10,000 bond set in a lower court and set a pretrial for Nov. 13.

• Natasha Strunk, 26, of 6100 State Route 93, Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 144 days in prison.

• Angela Cooper, 30, of 9988 Spurlock Creek Road, Glennwood, W.Va., was sentenced to two years in prison for CCS violations.



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