Three plead guilty on drug, rape, escape charges

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 29, 2004

Three people entered guilty pleas Wednesday to various charges in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Robert Nance, 29, of 807 N. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony rape involving a female under the age of 13.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton sentenced Nance to seven years on each count, to be served concurrently. The incidents took place between July 1, 2003 and April 22, 2004. Nance will undergo a sexual predator hearing Monday in Common Pleas Court.

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Connie Poke, 27, of Lexington, Ky., pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of escape. Poke was arrested in February in an area drug sweep. She later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison on multiple charges stemming from that incident.

In May, she was permitted out of custody to seek medical treatment; when she failed to return, escape charges were filed against her. Walton sentenced Poke to one year in prison on the escape charges, to be served consecutively to the remainder of her other prison sentence.

Also Wednesday, Samuel Browning, 19, of 516 Hecla Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to attempt to commit possession of marijuana. Browning was sentenced to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation, which must include the successful completion of the STAR program. He must also pay $1,250 in fines and surrender his driver's license for six months. If he violates the terms of his sanctions, Browning could be ordered to prison for 11 months.