Chesapeake man gets 7 years for child abuse

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 20, 2004

A Chesapeake man convicted

of felonious assault in connection with the abuse of a four year old boy will spend 7 years in prison.

Thomas Overby, 32, of 204 Rockwood Ave, was sentenced this week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

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Judge Richard Walton sentenced Overby to seven years on the charge of felonious assault and six months in the county jail on the charge of falsification, but ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

Overby was convicted earlier this month after a one-day trial.

A South Point man will spend 4 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to numerous drug charges against him.

Bernest Mitchell, 42, of 136 Township Road 1067, pleaded guilty to four counts of fourth-degree felony complicity to trafficking in cocaine and received a 17-month sentence and a $2,500 fine for each charge; one count of third- degree felony complicity to crack cocaine and received a four-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine for that charge.

He also pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony complicity to possession of crack cocaine and received an 11-month sentence and a $1,250 fine for that plea.

In addition, he also pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools, for which he received an 11-month prison sentence.

Walton ordered all sentences to be served concurrently.

Mitchell was one of two people arrested in October when Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Lawrence County Drug Task Force raided their South Point area residence. The other person, Loretta Johnson, 46, is also faces drug charges.